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Live from the Green Room

Sam Alipour takes us backstage at the ESPYS with LeBron, Ashley, Carmen, Kobe and J-Mac.

Updated: July 16, 2006, 3:24 PM ET
By Sam Alipour | Special to Page 2

LOS ANGELES -- Jason McElwain is running the room.

In the exclusive 2006 ESPYS VIP Green Room backstage -- a setting where LeBron James yuks it up with Ashley Judd and Venus Williams woos Matthew McConaughey and every woman is working on James Blake -- a 17-year-old team manager for his high school squad is calling the shots.

"Kobe Bryant!" J-Mac says, completely ignoring Matt Leinart, who's conversing with the Lakers star. "Kobe, can I get a picture?"

"J-Mac, my man!" Bryant ...

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