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Did West Sweet Talk Calipari Out of Taking Kobe?

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The story of how the Nets passed on Kobe Bryant in the 1996 Draft is well known, but a new book says it was Jerry West who engineered it all by sweet-talking John Calipari out of taking Bryant at #8 while pushing Bryant's parents to tell the Nets coach their 17-year-old son really wanted to play in LA. A former Nets official is quoted as saying Cal was wowed by West's phone call.