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Moore: Kobe Bryant creates a lifetime memory

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Already the top player in the country, Kobe Bryant picked former Shawnee player Joe Amari to be part of a Beach Ball Classic dunk that folks are still talking about 24 years later

After watching Lester Earl jump over a rack of basketballs and dunk to thunderous applause, Lower Merion senior Kobe Bryant knew he had to do something special.

Bryant sat near midcourt with his hands behind his back, then stood up, walked toward the bench and brought three young men onto the floor. One of them was Shawnee High School senior Joe Amari, wearing his Renegades basketball shorts and a white T-shirt. Amari had just finished second in the Beach Ball Classic’s 3-point contest.

Bryant originally positioned the trio in a straight line under the basket, then changed to a triangle formation with Amari closest to the rim.

“He told me to put my head down,” Amari said Saturday. “The last thing I wanted to do was get injured.”

After a running start, Bryant took off inside the foul line, cleared the three and emphatically slammed the ball through the hoop. The folks at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center went nuts as Bryant’s Lower Merion teammates and others mobbed him..

Though Bryant........

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