Main Point Books welcomes journalist Mike Sielski as he discusses the early life and career of Kobe Bryant. Mike will be joined by Amy Buckman, Community Coordinator for Lower Merion High School. This event is a fundraiser for the Lower Merion Scholarship Fund and all a percentage of all sales go directly to the fund.
The event is online and pre-registration through Eventbrite is required. Attending the event is free, but we do encourage you to buy the book and/or make a donation to support the scholarshiop fund.
About the Book
In The Rise, readers will travel from the neighborhood streets of Southwest Philadelphia—where Kobe’s father, Joe, became a local basketball standout—to the Bryant family’s isolation in Italy, where Kobe spent his formative years, to the leafy suburbs of Lower Merion, where Kobe’s legend was born. The story will trace his career and life at Lower Merion—he led the Aces to the 1995-96 Pennsylvania state championship, a dramatic underdog run for a team with just one star player—and the run-up to the 1996 NBA draft, where Kobe’s dream of playing pro basketball culminated in his acquisition by the Los Angeles Lakers.
In researching and writing The Rise, Mike Sielski had a terrific advantage over other writers who have attempted to chronicle Kobe’s life: access to a series of never-before-released interviews with him during his senior season and early days in the NBA. For a quarter century, these tapes and transcripts preserved Kobe’s thoughts, dreams, and goals from his teenage years, and they contained insights into and told stories about him that have never been revealed before.