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United States basketball player Kobe Bryant speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Olympic Park, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London. The 2012 Summer Olympics begin with opening ceremonies on Friday. (AP Photo/Stephen Pond, PA)
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United States basketball player Kobe Bryant speaks to reporters during a news conference at the Olympic Park, Friday, July 27, 2012, in London. The 2012 Summer Olympics begin with opening ceremonies on Friday. (AP Photo/Stephen Pond, PA)

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