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Allen primed for Kobe showdown

Originally Published: December 14, 2004
By Frank Hughes | Special to ESPN.com

Does anybody like Kobe Bryant? What ever happened to that sweet kid we all thought we'd grow up and love?

Isn't it Christmas? Where's the holiday spirit?

Can't we all just get along?

It seems that at one point or another virtually every day, Kid Kobe finds himself fighting some rather public battle -- which makes me wonder how many he is fighting that aren't made public -- and now between his spat with Karl Malone and his upcoming slugfest/showdown/Christmas Day massacre ...

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