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No guts, no glory for Kobe

Updated: July 16, 2004, 5:17 PM ET
By Ray Ratto | Special to ESPN.com

Kobe Bean Bryant looked into the abyss, and blinked.

And no, we're not referring to the Los Angeles Clippers as an abyss, their history notwithstanding.

No, the abyss was Bryant's image as the single greatest saboteur in American professional sports since the Black Sox.

Bryant had a chance to not only dismantle the Los Angeles Lakers but to show them the business end of his middle finger on his way from one end of the Staples Center to the other. He could have said no to the ...

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