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Kobe Bryant: I wouldn't mind being Jewish
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Author: Kaplowitz, Aaron
Date: Mar 24, 2006
Start Page: 12
Section: Sports
Abstract (Document Summary)

BOSTON - Plenty of interesting and shocking words have been spoken in the visitors' locker room at TD Banknorth Garden in Boston during the 2005/06 NBA season, but nothing compares to Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant telling a handful of reporters, "I wouldn't mind being Jewish. I wouldn't mind. Really."

If Bryant, a Catholic, really wouldn't mind being Jewish, he would become the highest-profile athlete to convert to Judaism. Although many believe that baseball great Rod Carew converted when he married a Jewish woman, he never actually "joined the tribe." He did, however, raise his children Jewish.

Bryant dispelled the notion of replacing [Dolph Schayes] as the greatest Jewish basketball player of all-time. "I don't know if I'm converting, but if I do, you can definitely add another athlete to the pool," he said.

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