The chaotic Bryant family
caines | 5/16/2013, 5:30 a.m.
For all of his greatness on the basketball court, future NBA Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant continues to have his private life played out in tabloids and gossip columns. This is nothing new for Bryant who has a checkered history of non-basketball blunders off the hardwood. Hints of troubled surfaced recently via a tweet from Bryant. When u give, Give,Give and they take Take TAKE at [what] point do u draw a line in the sand? Kobe Bryant wrote on his Twitter feed, adding the hashtags hurt beyond measure, gave me no warning, and finally, love. Bryant and his mother, Pamela, arebattling in court whether she has the right to give a New Jersey-based auction house dozens of his basketball mementos from high school and his early Lakers career. Mama Bryant said she planned to purchase a Nevada home with the $450,000 advance she received, butKobe said in court papers he never granted her permission to sell the items. Included are two championship rings he gave his parents after the Lakers won the 2000 title, a signed basketball from that team, his 1996 Pennsylvania high school championship ring and sweat suits he wore at Lower Merion High in a Philadelphia suburb. So just when it seemed like the Bryant family were beginning to finally get along, here we go again. Things have not always been so greatbetween Bryant, his mother and father, Joe, a former NBA player. This goes back to whenKobe and the former Vanessa Laine got married in April 2001,then the family movedcloser to where Vanessa's familylived in Orange County. Bryant's parentswere notably absent fromKobe and Vanessa's wedding in Dana Point. Two months later, Bryant won his second championship with the Lakers. Even during a successful championship run there was trouble in the Bryant family over the decisions Kobe was making in his personal life. Joe wasuncomfortable with the fact that Kobe seemed to do whatever he could to please Vanessa without regard to what anybody else thought. Furthermoreaccording to Kobe the fact that she was a Latina, not Black, was another problem for his parents Kobe told the LA Times in 2003. Kobe and Vanessa have had their own share ofproblems,from the sexual allegations againsthimin Colorado years ago, to what appeared to be an impending break up when she filed for divorce some years later but they managed to survive those battles. Now this week, in the aftermath of Mothers Day we have Kobe versus his mom. Regardless of how it all plays out, we learned one thing. Money does not buy everything after all, you can not put a price on happiness it seems.