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Kobe Tries to Push Lakers Through Frustration
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BOSTON -- As Kobe Bryant watched teammate Pau Gasol gimp to an awaiting town car on crutches, en route to a doctor's examination that would reveal a torn plantar fascia muscle that will sideline him at least four to six weeks, the leader of the Los Angeles Lakers visibly sighed. "You get more appreciative of [your accomplishments] at the end," Bryant said, "because you realize how hard it is." Even in the wake of the news that Gasol will be out of lineup for the foreseeable future, Kobe stubbornly insists this Lakers team can be a factor in the playoffs, even though it is currently in 10th place in the Western Conference.

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