Kobe, Buss hold L.A.'s winning hand

Originally Published: November 18, 2004
By Ric Bucher | ESPN the Magazine

LOS ANGELES -- There's nothing wrong with claiming that Kobe Bryant lifted a certain NBA franchise and then dropped it on its head.

Just make sure to get the name of the franchise right. Lakers? Wrong. Try the other team in town.

Apparently those suffering withdrawal from the Shaq-Phil-Kobe soap opera days hoped to get a drama fix off suggesting the Clippers might actually be better than the Lakers, despite finishing as a runner-up in last summer's Kobe Sweepstakes. Or that Bryant ...

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