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Kobe Bryant is known for many things, but vulnerability isn’t usually one of them. Lee Jenkins gets Kobe to open up about his rehabilitation process and the uncertainty surrounding the rest of his career in the Oct. 21, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant is known for many things, but vulnerability isn’t usually one of them. Lee Jenkins gets Kobe to open up about his rehabilitation process and the uncertainty surrounding the rest of his career in the Oct. 21, 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant looks concerned as Amanda Bynes acts a little crazy during taping of the show All That in 1998. (Jan Sonnenmair/SI)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant looks concerned as Amanda Bynes acts a little crazy during taping of the show All That in 1998. (Jan Sonnenmair/SI)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant in action during a Dec. 2007 Lakers-Celtics game. Los Angeles wore short shorts for the game, but Bryant changed back to regulation length at halftime. (John W. McDonough/SI)

Kobe Bryant in action during a Dec. 2007 Lakers-Celtics game. Los Angeles wore short shorts for the game, but Bryant changed back to regulation length at halftime. (John W. McDonough/SI)

Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard talk strategy during Sunday’s game against Oklahoma City. (John W. McDonough/SI)

NBA BLOG: Gauging Dwight Howard trade possibilities for Lakers

Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard talk strategy during Sunday’s game against Oklahoma City. (John W. McDonough/SI)
NBA BLOG: Gauging Dwight Howard trade possibilities for Lakers

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a dunk during a game against Utah last Friday.  The Lakers have looked better the past couple games but Dwight Howard still may bolt after the season if coach Mike D’Antoni remains with the team. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

MAHONEY: D’Antoni, Howard rift could lead to Howard’s departure

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant goes up for a dunk during a game against Utah last Friday.  The Lakers have looked better the past couple games but Dwight Howard still may bolt after the season if coach Mike D’Antoni remains with the team. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
MAHONEY: D’Antoni, Howard rift could lead to Howard’s departure

Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson chat it up during a game at the Great Western Forum in 1997. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant | Allen Iverson

Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson chat it up during a game at the Great Western Forum in 1997. (Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant | Allen Iverson

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant attempts a jumper during a Feb. 2011 game against the Magic. Bryant became the fifth (and youngest) player in NBA history to score 30,000 points on Wednesday, joining Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. (Bill Frakes/SI)

MAHONEY: Lakers pull out team victory on Kobe’s big day
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant attempts a jumper during a Feb. 2011 game against the Magic. Bryant became the fifth (and youngest) player in NBA history to score 30,000 points on Wednesday, joining Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Karl Malone, Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan. (Bill Frakes/SI)
MAHONEY: Lakers pull out team victory on Kobe’s big dayGALLERY: Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant

Dwight Howard made his Lakers preseason debut on Sunday, scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds in a 99-92 loss. Will the duo, seen here during unfriedlier times, lead Los Angeles to its 17th NBA title? (Fernando Media/NBAE via Getty Images)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Dwight Howard | Kobe Bryant
GOLLIVER: What we learned from Dwight Howard’s debut

Dwight Howard made his Lakers preseason debut on Sunday, scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds in a 99-92 loss. Will the duo, seen here during unfriedlier times, lead Los Angeles to its 17th NBA title? (Fernando Media/NBAE via Getty Images)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Dwight Howard | Kobe BryantGOLLIVER: What we learned from Dwight Howard’s debut

An angry Kobe Bryant points at Rajon Rondo during a contentious 2009 game between the Lakers and Celtics. Ray Allen, acting as peacemaker in this photo, has left Boston to play with LeBron James and the Heat. In their latest roundtable, SI’s experts think the addition of Allen make Miami the favorite to repeat this season. (AP)

NBA ROUNDTABLE: The NBA’s best and worst teams
GALLERY: Rare Rajon Rondo Photos | Kobe Bryant

An angry Kobe Bryant points at Rajon Rondo during a contentious 2009 game between the Lakers and Celtics. Ray Allen, acting as peacemaker in this photo, has left Boston to play with LeBron James and the Heat. In their latest roundtable, SI’s experts think the addition of Allen make Miami the favorite to repeat this season. (AP)
NBA ROUNDTABLE: The NBA’s best and worst teamsGALLERY: Rare Rajon Rondo Photos | Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant works on his breakdancing during Game 1 of the Lakers playoff series against the Denver Nuggets. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)

GALLERY: DId You See That - Best of 2012 | Classic Kobe Bryant Photos

Kobe Bryant works on his breakdancing during Game 1 of the Lakers playoff series against the Denver Nuggets. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
GALLERY: DId You See That - Best of 2012 | Classic Kobe Bryant Photos

Happy 34th birthday Kobe Bryant. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Classic Photos of Kobe Bryant | Classic Lakers Photos

Happy 34th birthday Kobe Bryant. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Classic Photos of Kobe Bryant | Classic Lakers Photos

Dwight Howard is a Laker. Finally. After nearly a year of drama surrounding Howard’s uncertain future, the Magic unloaded their disgruntled center in a four-team trade that will net them Denver guard Arron Afflalo, Denver forward Al Harrington, Philadelphia small forward Moe Harkless, Philadelphia center Nikola Vucevic, three future first-round picks and multiple second-round picks. The 76ers will receive Lakers center Andrew Bynum and Orlando guard Jason Richardson; and Denver would get Sixers forward Andre Iguodala. (Fernando Medina/Getty Images)

AMICK: Lakers land Howard in four-team trade
JENKINS: Lakers remake franchise with Howard acquisition
GALLERY: Rare Photos of Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard is a Laker. Finally. After nearly a year of drama surrounding Howard’s uncertain future, the Magic unloaded their disgruntled center in a four-team trade that will net them Denver guard Arron Afflalo, Denver forward Al Harrington, Philadelphia small forward Moe Harkless, Philadelphia center Nikola Vucevic, three future first-round picks and multiple second-round picks. The 76ers will receive Lakers center Andrew Bynum and Orlando guard Jason Richardson; and Denver would get Sixers forward Andre Iguodala. (Fernando Medina/Getty Images)
AMICK: Lakers land Howard in four-team tradeJENKINS: Lakers remake franchise with Howard acquisitionGALLERY: Rare Photos of Dwight Howard

Argentina’s Manu Ginobli drives to the basket against Kobe Bryant during yesterday’s USA-Argentina exhibition in Barcelona. The Americans, wearing the uniforms of the original 1992 Dream Team, won a close game, 86-80. (Manu Fernandez/Getty Images)

GALLERY: Olympic Exhibition - U.S. vs. Argentina

Argentina’s Manu Ginobli drives to the basket against Kobe Bryant during yesterday’s USA-Argentina exhibition in Barcelona. The Americans, wearing the uniforms of the original 1992 Dream Team, won a close game, 86-80. (Manu Fernandez/Getty Images)
GALLERY: Olympic Exhibition - U.S. vs. Argentina

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
GALLERY: Future Olympic Basketball All-Stars | Rare Kobe Pics

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 medalGALLERY: Future Olympic Basketball All-Stars | Rare Kobe Pics

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James of the USA Men’s National Team stretch out during training camp on Sunday. Fresh off winning his first NBA title, James is hoping to cap off a career year with another gold medal. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

THOMSEN: With title in tow, James forming foundation of U.S. roster
GALLERY: Team USA since the original 1992 Dream Team

Kobe Bryant and LeBron James of the USA Men’s National Team stretch out during training camp on Sunday. Fresh off winning his first NBA title, James is hoping to cap off a career year with another gold medal. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
THOMSEN: With title in tow, James forming foundation of U.S. rosterGALLERY: Team USA since the original 1992 Dream Team