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Kobe's dad running WNBA show in L.A.

Updated: May 19, 2006, 5:50 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The man who answers to the well-known monikers of Jellybean and Kobe Bryant's dad has another title. The Los Angeles Sparks call Joe Bryant coach.

Bryant was an assistant for the WNBA team last season before taking over from the fired Henry Bibby with five games left. The Sparks went 4-1 under him, finished at .500 and made the playoffs.

Now, an entire season stretches out before the man who earned his nickname by shaking off defenders with a shimmy ...

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