Kobe appreciates staying in one place

Bryant's new contract figures to make him a one-city pro athlete -- quite a rarity

Updated: April 3, 2010, 1:56 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- When Kobe Bryant walked into the Lakers' practice facility to sign what could be his last contract in the NBA, the very first contract he signed 14 years ago was staring right back at him.

"They had a picture on the wall of the first contract I signed when I was 17 and had no facial hair," Bryant said, recalling that his parents had to co-sign it with him. "I remember that day like it was yesterday, and fast-forward to today, and it's really a blessing to be in one city."

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