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Kobe departure? This ride could make Laker faithful queasy

Never before has the departure of Kobe Bryant from the Lakers seemed more likely, Marc Stein writes.

Originally Published: October 17, 2007
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

After the latest wild spin on the Kobe Coaster, another 24-hour scramble of disorienting turns and steep drops with No. 24, things were actually pretty clear at the end of the ride.

So clear that the end of the Kobe Bryant Era in Lakerland has never seemed closer.

The events of a zany Tuesday allowed for no other conclusion. You inevitably wondered, once your stomach settled, whether the Lakers are going to have to live like this for the rest of Bryant's days in purple and ...

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