Bryant’s had an amazing run, but Charlotte? Not so much

Kobe Bryant was selected 13th overall by the then Charlotte Hornets in the 1996 NBA draft.

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Remember when Kobe Byrant was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets in 1996?

Well, a lot has happened since then. With Kobe and the Lakers playing the Bobcats in Charlotte on Saturday, we take a look back at how different the past 17 years have been for Kobe and the two NBA franchises that have called Charlotte home since that draft.