Nothing reserved about Lakers' Powell

L.A. reserve forward is a team leader and -- get this -- friends with Kobe Bryant

Updated: April 28, 2010, 9:53 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Long before Kobe Bryant has the ball in his hands in an end-game situation with the chance to make the winning shot -- he has seven of them this season -- there's a checklist of pregame rituals he needs to complete before the game even begins.

Bryant needs a foot massage as he lies down in a muddled state of intense semi consciousness as the game approaches. He needs to lace up a fresh pair of his signature sneakers. He needs to puff rosin in the direction of the familiar faces ...

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