What Kobe Bryant and The Top 20 Players In The NBA Seek To Prove In 2011

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What Kobe Bryant and The Top 20 Players In The NBA Seek To Prove In 2011
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As it has often been said: "The NBA season is a sprint, not a marathon."

A lot can develop over the course of an 82-game season and with the possibility of a lockout in the summer of 2011, it can become exceedingly difficult for a player to maintain his focus when the ultimate goal for an NBA superstar is success after those 82 games.

So how do players stay motivated enough throughout the season?

Many times, their desire to prove something to themselves or their critics can drive them to sustain their intensity for the duration of the regular season.

Here are 20 of the NBA's best players and what they will be looking to prove about themselves in 2011.

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