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Greatness eluding Phil and Kobe in NBA Finals

Originally Published: June 15, 2008
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- So how is it possible that the Lakers can have, in the words of Celtics coach Doc Rivers, "the greatest player in the game right now in our league" in Kobe Bryant and "the best coach, at least of my generation" in Phil Jackson, and still find themselves down 3-1 in the NBA Finals?

And if they lose this series, does that mean we have to take those labels away from Bryant and Jackson?

The answer can be found in 14 more words from Rivers: "This is a players ...

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