Joe Bryant

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Joe Bryant
Joe Bryant 2010.jpg
Bryant coaching Levanga Hokkaido in 2010
Personal information
Born (1954-10-19) October 19, 1954 (age 66)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
High schoolJohn Bartram
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
CollegeLa Salle (19731975)
NBA draft1975 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Golden State Warriors
Playing career1975–1991
PositionPower forward / Small forward
Number23, 22
Coaching career1992–2015
Career history
As player:
19751979Philadelphia 76ers
19791982San Diego Clippers
1982–1983Houston Rockets
19831986AMG Sebastiani Rieti
1986–1987Standa Reggio Calabria
19871989Olimpia Pistoia
As coach:
1992–1993Byron center west middle school
19931996La Salle (assistant)
2003–2004Las Vegas Rattlers
2004–2005Boston Frenzy
20052007Los Angeles Sparks
2007–2009Tokyo Apache
2010–2011Levanga Hokkaido
2011Los Angeles Sparks
2012Bangkok Cobras
2013Chang Thailand Slammers
2014–2015Rizing Fukuoka
Career NBA statistics
Points5,252 (8.7 ppg)
Rebounds2,441 (4.0 rpg)
Assists1,049 (1.7 apg)
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Joseph Washington Bryant (born October 19, 1954), nicknamed "Jellybean",[1] is an American former professional basketball player and coach. He played for the Philadelphia 76ers, San Diego Clippers, and Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also played for several teams in Italy and one in France. He is the father of former Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. Bryant was the head coach of the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks from August 22, 2005 until April 4, 2007[2] and returned to that position for the remainder of the 2011 WNBA season. Bryant has also coached in Italy, Japan, and Thailand.

Professional career[edit]

After starring at La Salle University, Bryant, a 6'9" (2.06 m) forward, was drafted in the first round by the Golden State Warriors in 1975.[3] Before the season started, though, he was dealt to his hometown team, the Philadelphia 76ers, with whom he played for four seasons. In his second season, on the 1976–77 76ers team, featuring NBA all-stars Julius Erving, Doug Collins, and George McGinnis, they reached the 1977 NBA Finals, but eventually lost to the Portland Trail Blazers, 4 games to 2.[4] Before the 1979-80 season, the Sixers traded Bryant to the San Diego Clippers,[5] where he spent three seasons.

In the first game of the 1979-80 season, played at home against the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant memorably had a slam dunk over center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Despite the dunk and a 46-point effort by teammate Lloyd Free (who had also been his teammate on the Sixers), the Lakers prevailed on a game-winning sky hook by Abdul-Jabbar. Following the 1981 season, Bryant played one season for the Houston Rockets before playing overseas, ending his playing career in 1992.

Coaching career[edit]

Bryant's first coaching position, after returning from Europe, was when he was deployed with the U.S. Armed Forces in Italy. In the 1992–93 season, he served as the head coach of the women's varsity team at Akiba Hebrew Academy in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania.[6] In June 1993, he left Akiba and accepted an assistant coach position at his alma mater, La Salle University.[7] On May 7, 1996, Bryant resigned from La Salle after his son Kobe announced his intentions to enter the NBA out of high school.[8] Later, Bryant served as coach for the Diablos in the 2003 Season of SlamBall.

On August 22, 2005, Bryant, who was an assistant coach for the WBNA team Los Angeles Sparks, was named the head coach, 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 of the Japanese BJ League.

On July 3, 2009, he signed a contract with his first Italian club, Sebastiani Rieti.[9]

In January 2012, he was hired as coach of the Bangkok Cobras in the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL).[10] He also served as the head coach of Rizing Fukuoka of the BJ League.[11]

Head coaching record[edit]

Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %


Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Los Angeles Sparks 2005 6 4 2 .667 4th in Western 2 0 2 .000 Lost Conference Semifinals
Los Angeles Sparks 2006 34 25 9 .735 1st in Western 5 2 3 .400 Lost Conference Finals
Los Angeles Sparks 2011 24 11 13 .458 5th in Western


Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Tokyo Apach 2005-06 40 20 20 .500 3rd
Tokyo Apache 2006-07 40 12 28 .300 8th
Tokyo Apache 2007-08 44 27 17 .614 2nd in Eastern 2 1 1 .500 Runners-up
Tokyo Apache 2008-09 52 33 19 .635 2nd in Eastern 4 3 1 .750 Runners-up
Rera Kamuy Hokkaido 2010-11 22 6 16 .273 Fired
Rizing Fukuoka 2014-15 32 9 23 .281 9th in Western

Personal life[edit]

In 1975, Bryant married Pam Cox, sister of former NBA player Chubby Cox. Their son, Kobe, would have a 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, winning five NBA championships. Bryant also has two daughters, Sharia and Shaya. Through his wife Pam, he is the uncle of professional basketball player John Cox IV.


  1. ^ Martinez, Nico (January 29, 2020). "Kobe's Father, Joe Bryant, Seen For The First Time Since Son and Granddaughter's Death". Retrieved February 1, 2020.
  2. ^ " – WNBA – Bryant out, Cooper Back in as Sparks Coach". ESPN.
  3. ^ "The evolution of Kobe Bryant – Ian Thomsen –". CNN. 2008-06-04. Retrieved 2010-05-06.
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  5. ^ 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]
  6. ^ Charry, Rob (2004-02-27). "Coach Bryant? Akiba Once Led by Kobe's Dad". The Forward. The Forward. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  7. ^ "Bryant Returns to LaSalle as Assistant". Philadelphia Daily News. Philadelphia Daily News. 1993-06-24.
  8. ^ "Bryant Quits La Salle Job". The New York Times. Associated Press. May 8, 1996. Retrieved August 22, 2020.
  9. ^ Maffioli, Luca (2009-07-03). "Joe Bryant nuovo coach di Rieti" (in Italian). Sport Blog. Archived from the original on 2010-09-27. Retrieved 2009-07-04.
  10. ^ Bangkok team hires Kobe’s dad Archived 2012-01-13 at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ Bryant out as Rizing Fukuoka coach

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