You may or may not have seen this legendary Kobe Bryant scouting report before. You know, the one that lauds his ability to play all five positions but calls him out for failing to play any of them well. The one that says Kobe’s maturity is a major strength, but his ball handling is a considerable drawback. Written by a high school opponent, the report — which was formally submitted along by Owen P. O’Malley — was actually compiled by one Jason Sean Fuiman.
Ever wonder who Jason Sean Fuiman is? Apparently, he’s a partner in the New York law firm O’Dwyer & Bernstein.
You can read Fuiman’s full bio here, but here’s the scoop (as opposed to the poop, as it’s referred to on scouting sheets): Fuiman graduated high school in the Philadelphia area, where he competed against Kobe Bryant at Lower Merion. More specifically, Fuiman played for Akiba Hebrew Academy (now known as Barrack Hebrew Academy), where he attended both middle and high school. Fuiman went on to George Washington and earned both a bachelor’s and J.D., working for Congresswoman Nydia M. Velazquez of New York in the interim.
In none of those roles did he continue to play basketball. All of which begs the question: Why did NBA scouts, or at least one NBA scout, trust a teenager who played against Kobe at most three or four times with writing the proverbial book on his strengths and weaknesses? And, for that matter, was Fuiman really very wrong? One can make a case that his assessment was pretty darn accurate, at least on a superficial level.
We don’t have those answers, but we do know that the Kobe Bryant scouting report was apparently Fuiman’s only foray into the field. That’s some effort to leave a legacy with.