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Beefier guards, attorney bickering on display

Originally Published: August 31, 2004
By Shelley Smith | Special to ESPN.com

During preliminary hearings for the last 14 months, we watched Kobe Bryant roll up to the Eagle County Courthouse in one of three Suburbans, which also carried his attorneys and bodyguards. Several sheriff's deputies would stand watch while the group emerged and walked through metal detectors and into the courthouse.

Now, however, as opening arguments loom, Bryant is taken to the back of the building and he has a new set of bigger, meaner-looking bodyguards who stand outside the ...

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