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Same old Kobe

It's not age that has changed Kobe Bryant's game; it's the personnel surrounding him

Updated: January 5, 2010, 2:56 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | Special to ESPN Insider
BryantChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesExpect Kobe to have his back to the basket a bit more with Gasol nursing a hamstring injury.

No one knows for sure how long Pau Gasol will be out with a hamstring injury, but if it lingers like the one he suffered at the start of the season, it looks as though the Lakers power forward will be sitting for some time. For Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum, the injury means more responsibility on both ends of the floor. For Kobe Bryant however, it means something different. Get ready for Kobe to morph into that mid-50s, sweaty YMCA guy who overpowers the younger, nimbler foe on the block.

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