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In Bynum, Bryant sees some of himself

The Lakers' leader and the heir apparent share a determination to overcome injury

Updated: January 4, 2012, 5:46 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLA.com

LOS ANGELES -- There is a certain standard of excellence that Kobe Bryant chooses to surround himself with.

The guests waiting for him outside the locker room after the Los Angeles Lakers' 108-99 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday included Alex Rodriguez, Cindy Crawford and Tim Grover -- one of the best baseball players of his generation, the woman who put the "super" in supermodel and the trainer who Michael Jordan credits for his success in his later years of his career, respectively.

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