Kobe wins despite unfamiliar struggle

Updated: June 18, 2010, 10:50 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- This was a moment Kobe Bryant was built to own, a stage he was born to command.

His legacy, his long journey, all building to what should have been an easy bow on the night the Los Angeles Lakers clinched their 16th NBA title.

Instead, it was a heave: every inch a grind, every step painful.

Bryant usually rises in these moments, drawing from an unearthly well few others have access to. But he never found that place Thursday. He only found a way to win.

He ...

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