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Prodigy Harper handles the pressure

Updated: August 12, 2009, 5:47 PM ET
By David Picker | Special to ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Hours after the June 8 issue of "Sports Illustrated" -- the one with Bryce Harper featured on the cover -- hit the newsstands, a producer in Los Angeles picked up a phone and called Harper's father, Ron, in Las Vegas.

"We want your son, Bryce, to be on Jimmy Kimmel Live!" the producer gushed.

Kimmel wanted Bryce Harper and Kobe Bryant to appear on the same night. Bryant, on the verge of winning his fourth title with the Los Angeles Lakers, already had agreed ...

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