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Kobe Bryant confounds

Are Lakers star's mysterious comments and disappearance a strategy?

Updated: April 27, 2010, 11:34 AM ET
By Tim Keown | ESPN.com

"I was managing the game exactly how I wanted to." -- Kobe Bryant

This is an important time for Kobe Bryant, maybe even a defining moment in the man's career. That's dramatic, obviously, but Kobe so thrives on drama that some might suggest he creates it for that purpose. So we'll oblige: If this latest saga doesn't turn out the way we all expect -- with a Lakers win over the Thunder -- that quote at the top of the column will follow him the rest of the way.

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