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Kobe's Brooklyn Debut a Slam Dunk

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 NEW YORK – As Kobe Bryant turned the corner and made a hard move for the rim, he committed those old legs to a most improbable assignment: rising over the rubble of this Los Angeles Lakers season and transcending himself. Whatever else had lapsed in his basketball life – the years, the knees, the busted-up shoulder and failing foot of the Lakers' crumbling 7-footers – Bryant had come to elevate over everything, elevate over everyone on Tuesday night.

These were old times in a different New York basketball address, a christening in the borough of Brooklyn inside the freshest basketball arena in the NBA. Game on the line, the Lakers in a precarious place, and suddenly the congestion and clutter of the season gave way to space, a line to the rim and a chance for Bryant...

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