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When he was in high school, Kobe Bryant would get autographs from players like Shaquille O'Neal and Michael Jordan with the help of his father Joe. One of the players Kobe met during this time was Penny Hardaway and their interaction motivated him going forward

While on ESPN’s Highly Questionable, Penny addressed Bryant's claim, giving his take on their conversation. From Hardaway's account of what went down, it appears that the four-time All-Star gave his honest advice on whether or not Kobe should declare for the NBA Draft coming out of high school. Maybe Bryant got his haters mixed up. Age can do that to you sometimes. 

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