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Kobe's shooting through the pain

Playing, and winning, with broken bones is nothing new to Bryant

Updated: April 19, 2010, 7:42 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

"One of the most legendary stories out there …"

That's how Kobe Bryant's high school coach, Gregg Downer, starts to answer a question about whether Bryant displayed the same disregard for injuries as a teenager on the Lower Merion Aces as he does now as a 30-something on the Los Angeles Lakers.

Sure enough, a long time ago on a coast far, far away, Bryant was up to the same tricks he is today, putting mind over matter and basketball over body.

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