Kobe sets another bridge afire

Updated: December 9, 2004, 5:25 PM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

There is an easy second thought on Karl Malone's position in the Great Kobe Talkathon and One-Way Avenue of Ideas. That Malone is using Kobe Bryant's words as a convenient means of relieving himself of his own statements, which at one point included him saying he'd play only for the Lakers if he came back from injury.

It's tempting to go that route, isn't it? After all, Malone's whole point in continuing to battle the ravages of age and a lousy knee was to get one more chance at an NBA championship, ...

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