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Duncan will show up, but will Kobe?

Updated: May 11, 2004, 1:59 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- The assumption is that Kobe Bryant will be Kobe Bryant. That means he will land back here just in time for tip-off Tuesday night, swoop for at least 30 points and make all of us marvel at how he makes going from court to court -- via round-trip, gameday flights -- look so stressless.

The truth is that the Lakers have no idea if that's how it's really going to go. Bryant's mental readiness for Game 4 is the factor they worry least about, but who can guarantee that the plane ...

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