Kobe Bryant logged more than 1,500 games with the Lakers in his 20 seasons and he played for eight head coaches —some for only a few months, one for more than a decade. The Times asked each of them to offer their thoughts on Bryant and his impact on the NBA.
DEL HARRIS, 1996-99
Harris was the coach when Bryant, 18, arrived for his rookie season in 1996-97. Harris had a talented team and Bryant was a reserve player his first two seasons. Harris, now the vice president of the Texas Legends in the NBA's Development League, vividly recalls Bryant's arrival.
"He was bright and precocious, both in an...