Kobe Bryant ready for new era

With Phil Jackson leaving, Lakers star acknowledges his influence but embraces future

Updated: May 12, 2011, 2:53 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- There was sorrow in their final parting, but nothing left unsaid. The Los Angeles Lakers' season may not have ended as either of them wanted, but Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson left on the best of terms.

Finished as coach and player, but not as friends.

Ready to part and for the next part of their lives, but not to say goodbye.

Against all odds they grew together in their second act, forging an unlikely friendship that left both of them better men. ...

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