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Kobe Bryant rises above his injuries

The Lakers' leader overcame his cold shooting streak when his team needed him most

Updated: March 21, 2011, 3:29 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- The only group of people with whom Phil Jackson talks about his coaching decisions on a near daily basis outside of his assistants (he doesn't have a Twitter account like Jeanie, after all) had become quite persistent with the line of questioning.

Why, reporters asked, doesn't Jackson just keep Kobe Bryant and his bum left ankle and stiff neck out of the lineup for some of these relatively meaningless games in March when the team is playing for June?

"We don't talk ...

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