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<b>Kobe Bryant, MVP</b>

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Kobe Bryant holds up the MVP trophy while his teammates applaud during a ceremony prior to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Staples Center.

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• Sports A-Z: Kobe Bryant (Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times)
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Teammates greet Kobe Bryant after he is awarded the NBA‘s MVP trophy before Wednesday night’s Game 2.

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• Sports A-Z: Kobe Bryant (Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times)
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After receiving the MVP trophy, Kobe Bryant leans over to kiss his younger daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant, while his older daughter, Natalia Diamante Bryant, and his wife, Vanessa look on.

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• Sports A-Z: Kobe Bryant (Robert Gauthier, Los Angeles Times)
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Kobe Bryant holds up the MVP trophy while his teammates applaud during the ceremony.

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• Sports A-Z: Kobe Bryant (Wally Skalij, Los Angeles Times)
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The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant officially received the award that had been reported for days was his -- his first NBA MVP trophy, which he received Tuesday at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel in Los Angeles.

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• Sports A-Z: Kobe Bryant (Lori Shepler / LAT)
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Kobe Bryant, with daughters Natalia, left and Gianna, is congratulated by Lakers owner Jerry Buss following a press conference Tuesday to announce Bryant being named the NBA’s most valuable player.

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• Sports A-Z: Kobe Bryant (Lori Shepler / LAT)
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The Laker’s Kobe Bryant gets a congratulatory kiss from daughter Gianna as she and older sister Natalia share the spotlight with the NBA’s new most valuable player.

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• Sports A-Z: Kobe Bryant (Lori Shepler / LAT)
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Kobe Bryant gets a hug from Lakers Coach Phil Jackson at Tuesday’s press conference announcing Bryant’s selection as the NBA’s most valuable player.

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• Sports A-Z: Kobe Bryant (Lori Shepler / LAT)
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Luke Walton grills Laker teammate Kobe Bryant at the press conference to announce Bryant’s winning the NBA most-valuable-player award, drawing laughter from Sasha Vujacic, left, and Pau Gasol.

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• Sports A-Z: Kobe Bryant (Lori Shepler / LAT)
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Kobe Bryant, holding daughter Gianna, lets our a sigh of relief in response to a question of whether he had been nervous about his chance of winning the NBA’s most-valuable-player award.

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• Sports A-Z: Kobe Bryant (Lori Shepler / LAT)
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The television cameras draw a bead on Kobe Bryant and daughters Gianna, left, and Natalia, during a press conference Tuesday at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel to announced Bryant’s selection as the NBA’s most valuable player.

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• Sports A-Z: Kobe Bryant (Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times)
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