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Kobe and L.A. tradition will be tested

Bryant's injury threatens a career and the future of a franchise

Updated: April 13, 2013, 11:56 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLA.com

There are some injuries you watch once and never want to see again. Kevin Ware's leg violently breaking. Joe Theismann's leg snapping in half under the weight of Lawrence Taylor. One look and the devastation is nauseatingly real.

Then there are the injuries you watch a hundred times and still can't believe.

No matter how many times you see the play of Kobe Bryant falling to the ground, grabbing the back of his left foot and grimacing in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' stirring ...

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