Kobe Bryant just can’t catch a break these days. At 34 years old, the five-time NBA champion was supposed to tie Michael Jordan for his sixth after his Lakers went out and acquired Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in the offseason. However, the team sputtered until the last week of the season, when they finally caught a stride.
At that point, and in the heat of a race for the West’s eight and final playoff spot, Bryant tore his Achilles tendon, requiring surgery. He was forced to watch his Lakers get swept out of the postseason by San Antonio and faces a long rehab process.
What else could go wrong, you ask? Bryant’s mother is now trying to auction off a massive amount of memorabilia collected over the years. However, Kobe, even in a walking boot, is trying to make a defensive move, sending a cease-and-desist.
This from the Philadelphia Inquirer:
… Until Pamela Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s mother, wanted to auction it off for an expected $1.5 million so she could use the money to buy a house in Nevada.
That’s when the Los Angeles Lakers shooting star (and Lower Merion High School basketball phenomenon) put the brakes on the idea, sending a cease-and-desist letter to the auctioneer, Goldin Auctions LLC of West Berlin.
The 42 items of merchandise, which include several Lower Merion uniforms worn by the player and two 2000 Lakers Championship rings designed for his parents, were to go up for auction in June, each authenticated as genuine by Pamela Bryant.
In a tale of what can happen when adult children move on but leave behind their “treasures,” Goldin filed suit asking the judge to clarify ownership of the memorabilia and clear the way for the auction.
“A team-issued championship ring is among the most treasured of all sports collectibles and the opportunity to own one from an active player as significant as Kobe Bryant is rare,” company founder Ken Goldin said in an April 30 news release announcing the auction of the memorabilia.
“Normally, items like these can only be viewed in a museum or the Hall of Fame,” he said. “We are honored to be able to make these offerings to collectors around the world.”
Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles lawyer, Mark Campbell of Loeb & Loeb LLP, was considerably less communicative. “Mr. Bryant’s personal property has ended up in the possession of someone who does not lawfully own it,” the law firm said in an emailed statement.
“We look forward to resolving this legal matter through the legal system. There will be no further comment at this time.”
Hey, at least she isn’t just plain old throwing it all away. This humble blogger would still have several valuable baseball cards had his mom not needed the space for a new treadmill.
h/t: CBS Sports