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Inside Kobe's actor's studio

In trying to be the next Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant keeps hindering his own progress, says Tim Keown.

Updated: May 10, 2006, 1:03 PM ET
By Tim Keown | Page 2

Kobe Bryant is gone from the NBA playoffs, but he remains the most riveting and controversial figure of the postseason. Even his absence fills the room.

Bryant solidified his position as the most polarizing player in the NBA with a wildly inconsistent and confounding series against the Suns. There he is, passing and moving without the ball and generally playing like Steve Nash. There he is, putting up 50 because his team needs it. There he is, petulantly putting up three shots in the ...

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