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Kobe Bryant breaks his silence

After losing to the Heat, the Lakers' captain challenges teammates to be professionals

Updated: December 26, 2010, 11:54 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant sat in the middle of the Lakers' training room, looking down at the floor below, immune to everyone and everything around him. While Pau Gasol finished changing to his left and the Lakers' training staff finished packing to his right, Bryant simply sat there, between two training tables, deep in thought.

In a perfect world, he would have slipped out the back door and not faced the mob of media that awaited him down the hallway. After all, he had skillfully avoided ...

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