Kobe Bryant shows his staying power

After reaching 30,000 points, it's the guard's relentless spirit that sets him apart

Updated: December 6, 2012, 3:20 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

NEW ORLEANS -- Kobe Bryant is 34 years old. He plays a game for a living. And he does it better than just about anybody else on the planet.

It's easy to forget sometimes. Just kicking back and admiring Bryant's career seems a little misplaced when the Los Angeles Lakers have cycled through three head coaches in the first 15 games this season; when they've endured an array of injuries to Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Pau Gasol that has already muddled their championship aspirations; when even ...

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