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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant dealt with hazing during his rookie season with Lakers

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Hazing in professional sports is starting to become a major problem with all the attention surrounding the Miami Dolphins and Richie Incognito. Apparently, superstar Kobe Bryant wasn't immune to rookie hazing with the Los Angeles Lakers and a few legends of the storied franchise got involved according to former Laker Cedric Ceballos via TMZ.com on Feb. 16.

Ceballos talked about the 1996-97 NBA season and Kobe coming into the mix with the Lakers. Kobe was acquired by the Lakers from the Charlotte Hornets via trade during the 1996 NBA Draft in exchange for veteran center Vlade Divac.

Although GM Jerry West rolling the dice on Kobe was a questionable move, most believed that Kobe was destined to be star in the NBA and it turned they were right. With the consensus being that Kobe had a bright future on the next level, Laker legends like James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played their role in hazing Kobe during his rookie year.

According to Ceballos, Kobe didn't go through a rigorous hazing process like Jonathan Martin reportedly did with the Dolphins, but he wasn't given a pass in terms of getting coffee, washing cars or doing random tasks for veterans.

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