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Kobe balking is trade's final barrier

Originally Published: July 11, 2004
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Maybe you're an Angeleno who doesn't want to believe that a roster full of small forwards is all the Lakers will have to show for dealing Shaquille O'Neal.

Maybe you're just a Western Conference snob who doesn't want to put up with the forthcoming slew of "East Is Back" stories that will greet a Shaq trade to Miami, so soon after Detroit won the championship.

Either way, or if you're rooting against the Trade of the Millennium for any other reason, you have only one hope at this point.

Kobe ...

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