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Kobe Bryant active, effective in first quarter of exhibition opener
Kobe Bryant active, effective in first quarter of exhibition opener

Kobe Bryant’s first shot was an air ball. Almost everything after that quickly answered some questions. He had six points and four assists in the first quarter Monday against the Denver Nuggets, his first game action in almost 10 months. True, it was only an exhibition opener for the Lakers. Emphasis on exhibition. But when he checked out with 3:19 to go in the first quarter, his followers had to be impressed. Or relieved. Or something in between. His first shot drew some gasps from the crowd at the old San Diego Sports Arena, a turnaround from the top of the key that hit the very bottom of the net. Without going through the top. Yes, an air ball. He was better on the...

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