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Kobe's age-old truth: Defense wins

Updated: April 28, 2010, 10:45 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

He's more hurt than old right now. Sore and battered from a year with a few too many strains and sprains. So sore, actually, that he even folded the tent of invincibility he'd worked so many years to construct and sat out some games to rest and heal.

Not so long ago, the surrender would've been a fate worse than defeat, but Kobe Bryant, 31, has come a long way in a very short time.

He has, it seems, learned to accept this strange new reality that even he might have physical limitations. ...

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