Kobe Bryant Says Lakers Will Make Playoffs

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Kobe Bryant Says Lakers Will Make Playoffs
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They could've had Magic Johnson do it, or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or maybe Jerry West. Heck, they could've trotted Jack Nicholson out there. This is a franchise, after all, dripping with Big Names. But there was Kobe Bryant, wireless microphone in hand, standing at center court to say goodbye -- on behalf of the Lakers' organization -- to Dr. Jerry Buss before Wednesday night's game against the Celtics at the Staples Center. It was a task that required the face of the franchise, 2013. And so there is no doubt that that face is No. 24.

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