Kobe: 'I've been waiting for this moment'

Originally Published: June 3, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

This was a different Kobe. Not the jubilant kid with the afro who made his first NBA Finals appearance in 2000 or the one clashing with his coach, teammates and the district attorney's office of Eagle, Colo., in 2004 or the one basking in the adulation of an MVP award before the start of last year's Finals.

This was Kobe Bryant as I've never seen him before, so intense that he almost came off as subdued, the flames gone, leaving the glowing white briquettes.

It was about as ...

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