Kobe Bryant’s memorial service was held on Monday, and many recognizable faces could be seen in attendance at the Staples Center Arena in downtown Los Angeles.  Michael Jordan spoke, as did Shaquille O’Neal, both #6 BEIRs possessing contrasting personalities (with many similarities at the same time).  Vanessa Bryant, a #9 FCAR, spoke as well.  Vanessa has reportedly been devastated by the loss of her husband, not able to speak of the tragic incident without shedding tears.

Another #9 FCAR, Beyonce, performed at the memorial.  The pop star began by singing her ballad “XO” (one of Kobe’s favorites), but had to compose herself and restart the song after a few lines, asking the crowd of 20,000 fans to sing in unison.  Beyonce again appeared to break into tears at the end of her second song, “Halo.”  Unfortunately, she reportedly forbade photographers from taking any snaps of her performance, and this according to several photo agencies.  One insider at the event said, “It is so offensive to Kobe’s family and the fans, Beyoncé is so controlling of her image — she usually only allows approved selected images of her to be released — so no photographers at the Kobe memorial were allowed to take her picture. Really, at a memorial? Not even the family of Michael Jackson (#10 BCAR) did that.”  To be sure, the #9 females can be divas, a word to describe Beyonce by some who know her.  “The photographers couldn’t believe it. This doesn’t help Beyoncé’s image at all, it hurts her. It makes her look like a diva. The memorial wasn’t about her.  None of the other artists at the memorial asked for this, not Christina Aguilera, not Alicia Keys.”

Focusing our attention back to Kobe, we can’t imagine him as anything other than a Laker.  Yet, once upon a time, he almost was a Charlotte Hornet.  Mitch Kupchak was a Lakers assistant general manager back in 1996, and just a few weeks ago he revealed quite a shocker.  Before the Lakers were able to trade for Kobe, the Hornets started having second thoughts.  And so, as Kupchak says, the agreed-upon trade nearly never happened.  “Imagine how history would have changed,” writes one sports columnist.

Yes indeed.  Sports history would have been much different!  As briefly touched upon our previous article, Jon Niednagel was 100% sold on Mr. Bryant due to his Brain Type, his size, his work ethic, and his athleticism.  “There was no way he wouldn’t succeed,” says Niednagel, “short of skeletons in his closet.”  Even Jerry West (#6 BEIR) was a bit hesitant, and for good reason.  Without the knowledge of Brain Type, who can really know for certain whether someone will be a star, especially just a skinny high-schooler yet to prove himself?  For those with BT knowledge, however, drafting Kobe was a no-brainer.

And yes, had either Charlotte or the Lakers passed on Kobe’s 13th pick, Niednagel and his team’s senior staff were committed to trading up to get Bryant if necessary–securing the 14th pick by trade, or maintaining their existing 15th slot.  Though disappointed Kobe didn’t slip a tad further, Niednagel’s team quickly gobbled up a guy many have heard of since.  His name is Steve Nash–an 8-time All Star and the NBA’s MVP 2 years in a row!  Few in NBA history got more out of their abilities than Nash.  Yet, should we be surprised?  Considering Steve inherited the #5 FEIR Brain Type, the NFL’s consummate QB inborn design, it wasn’t difficult to imagine many moves future of Joe Montana, Brett Favre, Joe Namath, John Elway, and Peyton Manning.  Steve’s “surprise” NBA stardom wasn’t so surprising for those few who knew Brain Type.

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