This is why Kobe Bryant won’t answer the fans wishes and ever enter another All-Star Weekend dunk contest. In his rookie year — and in what was the last dunk contest before David Stern iced it until Vince Carter came around — Kobe took the crown, beating out a field that included Ray Allen, Mike Finley, Bobby Sura, Darvin Ham and Chris Carr. If you remember, this was back when every time Kobe did something the cameras panned to his prom date Brandy in the crowd.
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