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Sources: Lakers' pitch 'honest'

Updated: July 5, 2013, 9:45 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Nine years ago, Kobe Bryant stood in a place very much like the one Dwight Howard was in Tuesday afternoon as he heard the Los Angeles Lakers' final pitch to persuade him to re-sign with the franchise.

Phil Jackson had just retired after a loss to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals. Shaquille O'Neal had been traded. The Lakers' other key players -- Gary Payton and Karl Malone -- were aging. And the team across town had a collection of young stars that appeared to be on the cusp ...

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