Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/9/13
Kobe Bryant and an auction house that wants to sell memorabilia from his high school days and early pro career are heading for a trial next month, unless they can work out a deal before then. U.S. District Judge Renee Bumb on Monday set June 17 as a trial date, but also set a court-guided mediation session for Friday in a case that's the manifestation of an ugly family dispute that all sides seem to want to resolve quickly. ''Maybe I should have had you bring your witnesses today and we would have tried the case,'' Bumb said at a hearing. ''You're all so ready to go.'' The main reason she didn't schedule the trial for an earlier date was that Bryant's father, Joe ''Jellybean'' Bryant, said he could not get to a trial sooner because he's coaching a Thai team in the Asian Basketball League playoffs. The animosity became public earlier this month, shortly after Berlin, N.J.-based Goldin Auctions announced its plan to auction off Bryant's mementos, which date to his days at Lower Me...
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