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Billups: 'There was no way to stop Kobe' (2:07)
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Weekend rewind: Pac-12 title game is set

Stanford and USC are prepping for the Pac-12 championship game and eight other teams are patiently waiting to hear their bowl destinations.

Stephen A. didn't want it to come to this for Kobe (1:46)
Van Gundy: I respect Kobe's love of the game (1:18)
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Kobe great ... but not top 10 of all time

Kevin Pelton understands why many people place Kobe Bryant in that high historical strata. But Pelton cites metrics that indicate otherwise. Not top 10 (Insider)

What's wrong with the Rams? (1:32)

Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night

Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006 when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.

Kobe's top ten plays of his career (2:46)
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Dwight Howard's thoughts on Kobe Bryant

It's no secret Howard and Bryant have a somewhat frosty relationship. So when asked if he had learned anything from his former teammate, Howard laughed and said: "Awww man. We're going to go to the next question." But he also praised Kobe saying "[He's] one of the greatest to play the game."

Greeny: Kobe's retirement announcement seems coincidental (1:42)
Kobe says Jordan was one of first to know his retirement plans (0:35)

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Kobe Bryant on his decision to retire at the end of this season: "Ive talked to several players. Ive been fortunate enough to actually be able to pick up the phone and call a lot of my muses and speak to them and kind of get their perspective on what they went through. But ultimately its a decision that I had to make. What do I feel? Do I want to play again or dont I? Its a very simple question, but its a hard question when you look in the mirror to ask yourself. The reality is, no, I dont, so why belabor it?"

Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer 

Fans received a letter from Kobe Bryant at tonight's game at Staples Center. Why? "Theyve got to know how much theyve meant to me," Bryant said. "And a letter doesnt do any justice, honestly. I grew up here. Its important for people to understand how serious I take that and why I would never  despite many offers  go some place else. It would just not happen. This is my home and I wanted to let them know how much theyve meant to me, how much I appreciate them. Even a letter cant do it justice."

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Kobe was a star among stars

Kobe Bryant has been selected to the All-Star team 17 times in his career, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (19) for the most in NBA history. He's also tied with Karl Malone for the most first-team All-NBA selections (11).


Monmouth's Jones posterizes defender

Deon Jones right went over a USC player to throw down a vicious one-handed dunk.

Kobe playing like he isn't ready to retire (0:25)