Kobe Bryant looks to pass the basketball while driving to the hoop against Dikembe Mutombo during Game 4 of the 2001 NBA Finals between the Lakers and 76ers. Bryant, who has won five NBA titles in 16 seasons, still has plenty of goals including winning a second gold medal, says SI’s Ian Thomsen. (Manny Millan/SI)  
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Kobe Bryant looks to pass the basketball while driving to the hoop against Dikembe Mutombo during Game 4 of the 2001 NBA Finals between the Lakers and 76ers. Bryant, who has won five NBA titles in 16 seasons, still has plenty of goals including winning a second gold medal, says SI’s Ian Thomsen. (Manny Millan/SI)  

THOMSEN: Kobe still has goals, including a second gold medal
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Larry Bird shoots over Caldwell Jones and Julius Erving during a 1981 Boston-Philadelphia game. The depleted Celtics could use Bird tonight when they take on the Heat. Boston needs one win to secure a trip to the NBA Finals. where they’d face Oklahoma City. (Manny Millan/SI) 
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Larry Bird shoots over Caldwell Jones and Julius Erving during a 1981 Boston-Philadelphia game. The depleted Celtics could use Bird tonight when they take on the Heat. Boston needs one win to secure a trip to the NBA Finals. where they’d face Oklahoma City. (Manny Millan/SI) 

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Celtics forward Larry Bird shoots over the outstretched hand of Julius Erving and Darryl Dawkins during a 1980 playoff game between the Celtics and 76ers. Philadelphia and Boston fans will see another chapter of this long rivalry unfold when the two teams meet in the second round of the playoffs. Both Boston and Philadelphia won last night to advance to the second round. (Walter Iooss, Jr./SI)   
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Celtics forward Larry Bird shoots over the outstretched hand of Julius Erving and Darryl Dawkins during a 1980 playoff game between the Celtics and 76ers. Philadelphia and Boston fans will see another chapter of this long rivalry unfold when the two teams meet in the second round of the playoffs. Both Boston and Philadelphia won last night to advance to the second round. (Walter Iooss, Jr./SI)   

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