NBA Playoffs 2011: Kobe Bryant and the 15 Toughest Players Still Alive

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NBA Playoffs 2011: Kobe Bryant and the 15 Toughest Players Still Alive
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Toughness is one of the rare intangibles in basketball that is difficult to define in words, and yet most fans know toughness when they see it.

It's a quality that is important to have on your team, especially during the playoffs.

And the kind of toughness I'm talking about is more than just a physical attribute.  Mental toughness is even more important.

This list will count down the 15 toughest players left in the playoffs in terms of a combination of both physical and mental toughness.

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