Bryant is in a court battle to try to keep his mother from auctioning off mementoes from his high school days in Pennsylvania and his early NBA career. A southern New Jersey auction house is suing for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star's lawyers wrote the firm to say it could not.
Bryant contends that his mother, Pamela Bryant, doesn't have the right to sell the collectibles including his Lower Merion High School letters, a 2000 NBA championship ring and hundreds of other items. Berlin, N.J.-based Goldin Auctions says Bryant told his mother years ago that he didn't want the items. Legal papers say Pamela Bryant intended to use her $450,000 advance to buy a new home.