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Reverse Sentiments

Many are too busy chastising Dusty Baker to see the flaws in Kobe Bryant's newfound respect.

Updated: July 11, 2003, 1:05 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2 columnist

Dusty Baker, the epitome of the modern-day manager. Understands the 21st century superstar. Played the game. Walks the walk. Speaks the language. You hear it all the time, and it's true: The man gets it.

But you've got to understand this about Baker: Deep down inside, he's part Satchel Paige, part Casey Stengel. There's a heavy reliance on folk wisdom, and everything he says is intended to motivate somebody, regardless of color.

A lot of people got their shorts in a bunch this ...

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