Kobe Bryant had a terrific NBA career, no doubt about it, but there was something about Kobe that could make his legend even greater. Back in 2013, after he surpassed Wilt Chamberlain on the all-time scoring list, he had a very interesting interview with ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, describing the relationship between Chamberlain and his family.
"I remember the first time I met him [Wilt Chamberlain] when I was about eight years old," Kobe Bryant said. "The first thing that struck me was that, the first thing I thought of was he was 'Bombata' from ['Conan the Destroyer']. That was the most impressive thing to me."
Kobe also revealed that Wilt knew his father, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, but long before that, Wilt already knew the family, and he could actually be part of it. McMenamin revealed that the Sixers legend studied with Bryant’s grandmother, and he was almost Kobe’s grandfather.
Chamberlain attended Philadelphia's Overbrook High School with Bryant's grandmother and even asked her to the prom (she declined because she was already dating the man who would become Bryant's grandfather at the time).
How crazy that would’ve been. Perhaps we would’ve been talking about Kobe Chamberlain right now and a completely different story. He was almost the grandson of one of the greatest of all time.