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NEXT 1998 -- Kobe, Lindros, A-Rod, Kordell

Updated: December 7, 2006, 12:21 PM ET

Kobe Bryant

He is 19, and he has a book to read, and he has a BMW to drive, and he has a floppy hat to wear, and he has a generation to carry, and, well, he wants the job.

He was raised in Italy, and when he was 8 years old, his cousin called from the States, hyperventilating over something he had just seen on television "You won't believe it," his cousin said.

"Believe what?"

"Believe Air."

So they sent him a videotape -- Airmail, of course -- and it reached him at ...

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