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Kobe Bryant Has One Season to Cement Legacy

Published by on June 16, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

 

It was a sigh of relief Kobe Bryant had been holding in for five years.

After leading the Los Angeles Lakers to the 2009 NBA Championship over the Orlando Magic, Bryant silenced his doubters—for the moment, at least—by winning his first title without sidekick-turned-nemesis Shaquille O’Neal.

“It felt like a big, old monkey was off my back,” Bryant said after the Lakers’ 99-86 series-clinching win in Game Five over the Magic.

Bryant revealed he had grown tired of the criticism that he couldn’t win a championship without Shaq—traded from Los Angles to Miami...

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