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Bryant makes transformation from phenom to star

Updated: May 4, 2007, 5:31 PM ET
By Kris Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

"[Kobe] is going to have to make a stand, because when you are really good, people don't like you. He just has to draw a line in the sand and say I'm not backing down anymore," says Charles Barkley on ESPN Classic's SportsCentury series.

He parachuted into the NBA directly from high school, an 18-year-old man-child with a self-confidence bordering on arrogance. Kobe Bryant had to grow up in public -- and he has done so, although the evolution has been difficult and fitful.

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