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Column: Kobe’s legacy on the line with guarantee
For the Lakers to make good on Bryant’s guarantee, they need to win like this team was expected to win when the season began. So far they haven’t shown they’re capable of doing that on a sustained basis, even if they have won seven of their last 10.
Still, Bryant is doing his best to find a way to get it done. He’s altered his game, cajoled his teammates, and tried every psychological ruse he knows to get the Lakers moving toward the ring that would put his name in the conversation with Michael Jordan when the debate turns to the greatest NBA player ever.
The guarantee may be the last trick left in his bag.
“You love it when your best player has that confidence and that challenge,” Nash said. “He’s put it out there for us to go get now.”
To do it again with a team that seemed so loaded in talent when the season began is almost incomprehensible.
Bryant understands that better than most. Surely, too, he understands what missing the playoffs this season might do to his legacy.
Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at tdahlberg(at)ap.org or http://twitter.com/timdahlberg
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