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Lakers’ Bryant In Legal Fight To Keep Mom From Auctioning Mementos

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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers greets his mother Pam, following his team's victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 27, 2010 in Los Angeles.  Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers greets his mother Pam, following his team’s victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 27, 2010 in Los Angeles. Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kobe Bryant is in a court battle to try to keep his mother from auctioning off mementoes from his high school days and 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 high school letters, a 2000 NBA championship ring and hundreds of other items.

But Berlin-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.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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