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Bryant's next role may be as recruiter

The Lakers need Kobe to help them find a leader for the team's next era.

Updated: July 19, 2013, 9:32 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLA.com

So, about that torch pass?

The one Dwight Howard was supposed to take from Kobe Bryant one day ...

Call it a failed exchange, dropped baton, whatever metaphor suits you, but lost in the immediate aftermath of Howard's decision to bolt for the Houston Rockets is the fairly urgent need for a new casting call for the Lakers' next leading man.

Bryant, of course, said last week that he fully intends to retire as a Laker and doesn't believe there will be a problem working out an ...

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