An L.A. Tale

Kobe Bryant could have scored 80 points against the Mavs and Bill Simmons says he's an idiot for not trying.

Updated: January 11, 2006, 11:17 AM ET
By Bill Simmons | Page 2

Editor's note: This article appears in the January 16 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

In the same month the kid from A Bronx Tale, Lillo Brancato Jr., was arrested in real life for his involvement in a shooting, Kobe Bryant willingly passed up a chance at history. Trust me, the two events are related.

To understand Kobe's misguided choice, let's first retrace the disappointing arc of his career. Once projected as MJ's successor, the wheels came spinning off after Kobe's ego ...

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