Kobe Bryant Rookie NBA Slam Dunk Contest Winner (PSA) 5 EX-MINT FULL-Ticket
Kobe Bryant Rookie NBA Slam Dunk Contest Winner (PSA) 5 EX-MINT FULL-Ticket.
Kobe Bryant, the then-18-year-old claimed the 1997 NBA All-Star Game Slam Dunk title in the contest held at the then-Gund Arena in downtown Cleveland.
Bryant won the dunk contest, and did it with a windmill dunk after passing the ball between his legs in midair, followed by a flex for the crowd. It was impressive enough to score a 49 out of 50!
It was an iconic moment in NBA history reminiscent of the young Michael Air Jordan winning the slam dunk contest.
Other contestants during the 1997 competition included Michael Finley, Ray Allen, and Cleveland’s Bob Sura.
Bryant also scored 31 points in the Rookie Challenge.