The last Laker

With the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss, Kobe Bryant now stands in a singular light

Updated: September 30, 2013, 9:37 PM ET
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

Kobe Bryant is the only one left. Do you realize that? It's OK if you don't. The thought didn't even dawn on Kobe himself until it was brought to his attention late Friday night.

None of the other names and faces that spring into your mind when you think of the Los Angeles Lakers has an official connection to the Lakers. Pat Riley last coached a game at the Forum in 1990. Jerry West has not been responsible for the team's personnel since 2000. Chick Hearn called his final game in 2002 before ...

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