TODAY   |  May 05, 2013

Kobe Bryant battles mom over childhood memorabilia

It's a question many parents and their grown children have grappled with: what to do with all that stuff stored in attics and basements? If you're Kobe Bryant's mom, you auction them! That is not sitting well with the NBA superstar. NBC's Diana Alvear reports.

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>>> or unsportsman-like conduct? we're talking kobe bryant calling ul against his mother for selling some of his childhood possessions. diana alvear has our story.

>> reporter: your little league uniform may bring back memories, but kobe bryant 's uniform could bring in millions. at least that's what his mother is hoping for. pamela bryant is planning to auction off the childhood possessions of her laker legend son.

>> what's going on?

>> one of his first jerseys kobe ever wore from when he grew up in italy, there's trophies from high school , jerseys, from when he played in philly. there's great stuff from the nab nba, all-star jerseys.

>> reporter: they estimate the stash could be worth up to $1.5 million. which begs the question -- can mom and dad simply sell off your stuff if it's left in their house for years?

>> items that belong to children after they grow up still belong to that person. the parents don't get to take over a kid's stuffnless there's an agreement where the young person says that a parent, you can have it.

>> reporter: well, according to court fings, that's exactly what pamela says kobe told her five years ago. his lawyers beg to differ . mr. bryant's personal property has ended up in the possession of someone who does not lawfully own it. we look forward to resolving this legal matter through the legal system . here's the dilemma. are childhood mementos truly priceless, or is it fair for mom to say at some point, get 'em out of the house and onto the 50% off table?

>> well, you ask and you ask, do you want this, do you want to come and get it, when are you moving this other stuff? oh, i'm coming for it, mom. don't touch it.

>> most of my collectibles are still in my mom's basement in boxes. and she'll hold them as long as they need to be there. they're not going anywhere.

>> reporter: i still have all sorts of childhood drawings, picture, yearbooks at my mom's house, and she often reminds me about it. at least in my case, she's the only one who thinks they're priceless. when it comes to kobe 's fans, anything their idol touched could be worth top dollar. for "today," diana alvear, nbc news, los angeles .

>> that will give you plenty to talk about with your kids today.