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As Lakers spiral, bright lights await

L.A. is in disarray, but Kobe has hope even as D'Antoni makes his return to MSG

Updated: December 13, 2012, 12:55 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

If you look closely at Kobe Bryant these days, really close, there are two long, raw scratches across his forehead. In person you can't miss them. But even on television, if you watched his lengthy, soul-bearing interview with Stephen A. Smith on Wednesday, it's hard to miss the pink flesh atop his forehead that's just now starting to scab over.

It's hard to know whose fingernails cut into him, or even when. The first time I noticed was at his locker Sunday night after Bryant scored another ...

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