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Believe it: Kobe Bryant still cares

Try telling him he isn't still the best player in the NBA. And then be ready to duck.

Originally Published: January 14, 2012
By Michael Wilbon | ESPN.com

Kobe Bryant can rage with the best of 'em. On a normal day with absolutely nothing having agitated or provoked him, his motivation meter is probably at an 8 or 9. But don't let him pick up a newspaper or read something online or hear somebody on radio or TV say that he's too old, or that the tread on his tire is too worn, or that he's only the seventh-best player in the NBA, or that his wrist is too badly injured for him to be the prolific scorer we've become accustomed to over the last 15 years.

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