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As Kobe Bryant's numbers are retired, he hopes his legacy inspires the next generation

LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant walked the same path he walked hundreds of times during a 20-year career that earned him this moment. From the tunnel that leads into the Los Angeles Lakers locker room, he emerged just as his short film, "Dear Basketball," concluded on the video board at Staples Center. As the crowd noticed they began to chant "M-V-P!"

Bryant smiled.

He strolled out before more than a dozen former teammates, before former general managers Jerry West and Mitch Kupchak who discovered him and

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