Clippers risk too costly for Kobe

Updated: July 18, 2004, 11:12 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN the Magazine

As Kobe Bryant made his long-awaited announcement, my plane descended into the L.A. area, affording the wondrous sight of seeing thousands slowly climbing down from their rooftops and balconies, apparently having been prepared to meet their end had ol' Crazy Eight decided to leave the Lakers.

That, of course, is pure fiction -- a vision I saw in my head of what could have been -- thereby putting it in the category of pretty much everything else written or said about Kobe's decision in the ...

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