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Sacrificing your body to take a charge is one of the great momentum builders in basketball. Absorbing the hit from an opposing player coming at you like a freight train takes its toll on the body, but for a lot of players the turnover is worth the sacrifice. Not for Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant. To paraphrase Meatloaf, Kobe would do anything for his team, but he won’t do that. "I learned from my predecessors, man," Bryant said. "Pippen had a (messed) up back taking charges. Bird had a (messed) up back taking charges. I said, 'I'm not taking charges.' I figured that (stuff) out at an early age." "I've seen Michael [Jordan] not take one ... charge and he's healthy his whole career, and the same thing with Magic. I might not be the smartest guy in the room but I can figure that (stuff) out." The irony of the timing of this quote is pretty funny. Kobe said this before the Game 2 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but during last night’s...
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