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Kobe Bryant became champion of women's sports after career

LOS ANGELES - Kobe Bryant sauntered through the locker room doors and eyes widened. After watching the Oregon women's basketball team beat USC by 40 points at the Galen Center last January, the NBA legend, his daughter Gianna and other aspiring basketball players visited the Ducks.

Bryant greeted players with hugs. He signed their shoes - Kobes, naturally - while they were still on their feet. He complimented their playing style.

Bryant wasn't in the courtside seat as a dad just chaperoning his daughter and her friends, Oregon coach Kelly Graves realized as he watched the interactions. This wasn't a duty, this wasn't

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