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Lakers’ Kobe Bryant faces tough season with a smile

When all seems to be crumbling around him, Kobe Bryant maintains his sense of humor. He is one of the game’s most intense competitors, but over the years he has found ways not to take himself so seriously at all times.

On his latest visit to Boston (perhaps one of his last as a player), TD Garden was a chilly place for a morning shootaround because of the ice under the hardwood floor, so Bryant snuggled up on the Lakers bench and addressed the throng of media, mostly smiling.

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