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Commissioner David Stern presents Kobe Bryant with the 2007 NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award. (Kevork Djansezian / AP)
After leading the Lakers to the seventh game of their first-round playoff series against the heavily favored Phoenix Suns, Kobe Bryant suddenly disappeared. (Gina Ferazzi / LAT)
Kobe Bryant, looking for an open teammate against the Pistons, will welcome a break in the schedule. (Christine Cotter / LAT)
Kobe Bryant signals Lakers ball after a Seattle turnover during first-quarter action Friday night. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
These days the long baggy look is in. (Luis Sinco / LAT)
NO LOOK Kobe Bryant throws a no-look pass between Portland TrailBlazers Jarrett Jack left, and Ruben Patterson for an assist to Lamar Odom. (Richard Hartog / LAT)
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant applies the defense against Cleveland’s LeBron James in a matchup of the NBA’s two best perimeter players. (Christine Cotter / Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant scrambles for a for ball as Miami Heat’s Shaquille O’Neal applies pressure during the third quarter of basketball action on Christmas Day. (AP Photo / Steve Mitchell)