Joe Bryant

Professional Basketball Player-coach
Born Oct 19, 1954

Joseph Washington "Jellybean" Bryant is a retired American professional basketball player, current coach, and the father of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Bryant was the head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks from August 22, 2005 until April 4, 2007. He returned to that position after Jennifer Gillom was fired by the Los Angeles Sparks on July 10, 2011.… Read More

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1954 Birth Born on October 19, 1954.


1975 20 Years Old 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. … Read More
1976 21 Years Old His 1976–77 Sixers team, featuring NBA all-stars Julius Erving, Doug Collins and George McGinnis, reached the NBA finals, but eventually lost to the Portland Trail Blazers 4 games to 2.
1979 24 Years Old 1 More Event
Bryant headed back to the West Coast when he was traded by the 76ers to the San Diego Clippers, for whom he played from 1979–82.
1983 28 Years Old 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. … Read More


1987 32 Years Old He twice had 53-point games with Pistoia in the 1987–88 season. … Read More
1992 37 Years Old 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.
1993 38 Years Old In June 1993, Bryant left Akiba and accepted an assistant coach position at his alma-mater, La Salle University.


2003 48 Years Old Bryant served as coach for the Diablos in the 2003 Season of SlamBall.


2005 50 Years Old 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.
2006 51 Years Old During the 2006 season, he led the Sparks to a 25-9 record and a Conference Finals berth.
2007 52 Years Old 1 More Event
However, in April 2007, Bryant was replaced as Sparks head coach by Michael Cooper, who had previously helmed the team in 1999–2004.
2009 54 Years Old On July 3, 2009 he signed a contract with his first Italian club, Sebastiani Rieti.
2012 57 Years Old In January 2012, he became coach of the Bangkok Cobras in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). … Read More
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