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Kobe Bryant takes a breather against the Knicks on Christmas Day 2012.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant dunks over the Heat's Dwayne Wade early in 2013.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant celebrates with L.A. fans after the visiting Lakers eliminated the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2001 NBA playoffs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant celebrates with teammate Rick Fox after scoring 48 points against the Sacramento Kings in a 2001 playoff game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant passes the ball over Brent Barry of the Spurs during a 2008 playoff game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant exults with Robert Horry after Horry hit the game winner against the Kings in a 2002 playoff game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant gives himself a chapagne shower in the locker room after the Lakers defeated the New Jersey Nets in the 2002 NBA Finals.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

A disconsolate Kobe Bryant walks off the court as the Boston Celtics celebrate their NBA championship victory in 2008.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant waits during the national anthem before a 2001 game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

A driving Kobe Bryant pulls away from Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz in 2011.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant walks off the bus after the 2010 NBA championship parade in Los Angeles. The Lakers defeated the Celtics in seven games.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant takes a break during practice before taking on the Orlando Magic in the 2009 NBA Finals.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant looks for help against the Celtics during the 2008 NBA Finals.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant takes the floor before Game 3 of the 2009 NBA Finals against the Magic.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant and teammate Pau Gasol are introduced before a 2012 playoff game against the Denver Nuggets.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant jumps for joy after the Lakers defeated the Magic in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in 2009.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant rests between games during the 2001 NBA Finals against the 76ers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant, second from left, talks to teammates Kareem Rush, Devean George and Rick Fox during a 2004 playoff game.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant hangs on to the championship trophy after the Lakers defeated the 76ers in the 2001 Finals.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant is alone with his thoughts as he prepares to face the Dallas Mavericks in 2009.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Kobe Bryant leads his team out of the tunnel before a 2010 playoff game against the Phoenix Suns.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

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