Clippers forward Joe “Jellybean” Bryant blocks a shot during a 1980 game against the Lakers. Bryant may be best known as Kobe’s father, but he played eight seasons in the NBA before moving overseas to play in Italy. In this week’s Sports Illustrated, Chris Ballard profiles Kobe Bryant and the influence his father had on his life. (Richard Mackson/SI)
BALLARD: Where does Kobe’s greatness come from?
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant