Kobe is the perfect leading man for Hollywood

Originally Published: May 7, 2008
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

Only with this team and this player could an outcome as predictable as Kobe Bryant's receiving the Most Valuable Player award at a Laker playoff game be considered a surprise ending.

It seemed inevitable once his career took off a decade ago and he was clearly on his way to becoming the best player in the NBA. Yet it seemed impossible in October, when his days in Los Angeles looked numbered. You know the backstory that came before tonight's freeze-frame moment, when David Stern will ...

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