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Coach Joe Bryant
WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks
Born(1954-10-19) October 19, 1954 (age 57)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
NationalityUnited States American
CollegeLa Salle (1973–1975)
WNBA career2005–2011
Regular season40–23 (.635)
Postseason2–5 (.286)
ProfileWNBA Info Page
WNBA Head Coach of
Los Angeles Sparks (2005–2007)
Los Angeles Sparks (2011)
WNBA Assistant Coach of
Los Angeles Sparks (2011)
 
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Coach Joe Bryant
WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks
Born(1954-10-19) October 19, 1954 (age 57)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
NationalityUnited States American
CollegeLa Salle (1973–1975)
WNBA career2005–2011
Regular season40–23 (.635)
Postseason2–5 (.286)
ProfileWNBA Info Page
WNBA Head Coach of
Los Angeles Sparks (2005–2007)
Los Angeles Sparks (2011)
WNBA Assistant Coach of
Los Angeles Sparks (2011)
Joe Bryant

Bryant coaching the Rera Kamuy Hokkaido 2010
No. 23, 22
Power forward / Center
Personal information
Born(1954-10-19) October 19, 1954 (age 57)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
NationalityUnited States American
High schoolJohn Bartram (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
CollegeLa Salle (1973–1975)
NBA Draft1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Pro career1975–1992
Career history
As player:
19751979Philadelphia 76ers
19791982San Diego Clippers
1982–1983Houston Rockets
1984–1986AMG Sebastiani Rieti (Italy)
1986–1987Standa Reggio Calabria (Italy)
1987–1989Olimpia Pistoia (Italy)
1989–1991Reggiana (Italy)
1991–1992FC Mulhouse Basket (France)
As coach:
2003–2004Las Vegas Rattlers (ABA)
2004–2005Boston Frenzy (ABA)
20052006Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
2007–2009Tokyo Apache (Japan)
2010–2011Rera Kamuy Hokkaido (Japan)
2011Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA)
2012-Bangkok Cobras (ABL)
Career NBA and Serie A statistics
Points12,584 (14.8 ppg)
Rebounds4,012 (4.7 rpg)
Assists1,595 (1.9 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Joseph Washington "Jellybean" Bryant (born October 19, 1954 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a retired American professional basketball player, current coach, and the father of Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. Bryant was the head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks from August 22, 2005 until April 4, 2007.[1] He returned to that position after Jennifer Gillom was fired by the Los Angeles Sparks on July 10, 2011.

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Pro career

After starring at La Salle University, Bryant, a 6'9" (2.07 m) forward, was drafted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors in 1975.[2] Before the season started, though, he was dealt to his hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers, with whom he played for four seasons. Bryant headed back to the West Coast when he was traded by the 76ers[3] to the San Diego Clippers, for whom he played from 1980-82.

After a final NBA season with the Houston Rockets in 1983, Bryant headed to Europe, playing seven seasons in Italy with clubs of the Italian A1 League and the Italian A2 League. He played with the Italian clubs AMG Sebastiani Rieti (1984–86), Reggio Calabria (1986–87), Pistoia (1987–89) and Reggio Emilia (1989–91). He twice had 53-point games with Pistoia in the 1987-88 season.

Bryant continued to play into his fifties, appearing in several games for the Boston Frenzy of the fledgling American Basketball Association.

Coaching career

Bryant's first coaching position after returning from Europe was in 1992-1993 as the head coach of the women's varsity team at Akiba Hebrew Academy in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.[4] In June 1993, Bryant left Akiba and accepted an assistant coach position at his alma-mater, La Salle University.[5]

On August 22, 2005, Bryant, who had been serving as the assistant coach to the Los Angeles Sparks team in the Women's National Basketball Association, was named Head Coach of the Sparks, succeeding previous coach (and former 76ers teammate) Henry Bibby. During the 2006 season, he led the Sparks to a 25-9 record and a Conference Finals berth. However, in April 2007, Bryant was replaced as Sparks head coach by Michael Cooper, who had previously helmed the team in 1999-2004.

Bryant spent the 2007-08 season coaching the Tokyo Apache in Japan's professional basketball league the Japanese BJ League.

On July 3, 2009 he signed a contract with his first Italian club, Sebastiani Rieti.[6]

In January 2012, he became coach of the Bangkok Cobras in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).[7]

Personal life

References

  1. ^ "ESPN.com - WNBA - Bryant out, Cooper Back in as Sparks Coach". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=wnba&id=2825551. 
  2. ^ "The evolution of Kobe Bryant - Ian Thomsen - SI.com". CNN. 2008-06-04. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/ian_thomsen/06/04/kobe/index.html?eref=si_topstories. Retrieved 2010-05-06. 
  3. ^ Bryant was traded for what eventually turned out to the first pick in the 1986 NBA Draft, although prior to the draft the 76ers had traded the pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who selected Brad Daugherty. [1]
  4. ^ Charry, Rob (2004-02-27). "Coach Bryant? Akiba Once Led by Kobe’s Dad". The Forward. http://www.forward.com/articles/6418/. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  5. ^ "Bryant Returns to LaSalle as Assistant". Philadelphia Daily News. 1993-06-24. 
  6. ^ Maffioli, Luca (2009-07-03). "Joe Bryant nuovo coach di Rieti" (in Italian). http://varesebasket.sport-blog.it/. http://varesebasket.sport-blog.it/?p=674. Retrieved 2009-07-04. 
  7. ^ Bangkok team hires Kobe’s dad

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Henry Bibby
Los Angeles Sparks Head Coach
2005-2007
Succeeded by
Michael Cooper
Preceded by
Jennifer Gillom
Los Angeles Sparks Head Coach
2011-2012
Succeeded by
Carol Ross