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Kobe Bryant
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Team: Los AngelesHeight: 6-6 Born: 8/23/1978
Position: G-FWeight: 212 Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
College: NoneDraft: 1st Round 13th pick by Hornets (1996)


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Apr. 14 9:48 PM PT10:48 PM MT11:48 PM CT12:48 AM ET4:48 GMT12:48 9:48 PM MST11:48 PM EST8:48 UAE06:480:48 ET11:48 PM CT3:48 - Bryant concluded his glorious 20-year career with one more unforgettable performance, as the retiring superstar scored 60 points in Wednesday's 101-96 win over Utah.
Analysis: The 37-year-old reached the 60-point mark for the sixth time in his career and first since scoring 61 against the Knicks on Feb. 2, 2009. Bryant made 22 of a career-high 50 field goal attempts and amassed 23 fourth-quarter points to become the oldest player in NBA history to record a 50-point game.
Apr. 11 8:09 PM PT9:09 PM MT10:09 PM CT11:09 PM ET3:09 GMT11:09 8:09 PM MST10:09 PM EST7:09 UAE (+1)05:0923:09 ET10:09 PM CT2:09 - Bryant's final road game of his career Monday was a 112-79 beating by the Thunder.
Analysis: Bryant scored 13 points and made 4 of 12 shots. He'll play one final time Wednesday at a sold-out Staples Center against Utah on a day shoe company Nike has dubbed 'Black Mamba Day' in honor of the greatness he used to possess.
Apr. 8 8:26 PM PT9:26 PM MT10:26 PM CT11:26 PM ET3:26 GMT11:26 8:26 PM MST10:26 PM EST7:26 UAE (+1)05:2623:26 ET10:26 PM CT2:26 - Bryant scored 14 points, had four assists and grabbed three rebounds, showing that basketball isn't easy anymore Friday in his final game in the 'Big Easy.'
Analysis: Bryant bricked up 11 of 15 shots and remains the league's worst shooter at 35.2 percent. It's sad to see the former fantasy great morph into the NBA's worst player, yet somehow fitting at the same time.
Apr. 3 8:20 PM PT9:20 PM MT10:20 PM CT11:20 PM ET3:20 GMT11:20 8:20 PM MST10:20 PM EST7:20 UAE (+1)05:2023:20 ET10:20 PM CT2:20 - Bryant scored 34 points Sunday, putting up the second highest-scoring performance of his farewell season.
Analysis: Don't be fooled into thinking the former great played well. He bricked up 17 of 28 shots and displayed the selfishness that is his hallmark with one assist. This was better than his previous two efforts in which he missed 16 of 18 shots and looked horrible in the process.
Mar. 24 9:03 PM PT10:03 PM MT11:03 PM CT12:03 AM ET4:03 GMT12:03 9:03 PM MST11:03 PM EST8:03 UAE05:030:03 ET10:03 PM CT3:03 - Bryant said farewell to Phoenix on Wednesday night, scoring 17 points cheered on by a loud, pro-Laker crowd, but Los Angeles lost to the Suns 119-107.
Analysis: There were chants of "Kobe! Kobe!" intermittently throughout the night to encourage the league's worst shooter.
Mar. 23 9:27 PM PT10:27 PM MT11:27 PM CT12:27 AM ET4:27 GMT12:27 9:27 PM MST11:27 PM EST8:27 UAE05:270:27 ET10:27 PM CT3:27 - Bryant scored 20 on Tuesday in his final game against Memphis.
Analysis: Bryant sat out the previous two games for the Lakers due to his shoulder, but he is expected to play Wednesday in Phoenix.
Mar. 19 9:27 PM PT10:27 PM MT11:27 PM CT12:27 AM ET4:27 GMT12:27 9:27 PM MST11:27 PM EST8:27 UAE05:270:27 ET10:27 PM CT3:27 - Bryant has sat out the last two games for the Lakers.
Analysis: Bryant didn't play again Friday because of his chronically sore right (shooting) shoulder.
Mar. 11 10:10 PM PT11:10 PM MT12:10 AM CT1:10 AM ET6:10 GMT14:10 11:10 PM MST1:10 AM EST10:10 UAE07:101:10 ET12:10 AM CT5:10 - Bryant returned from a nagging shoulder injury to score 26 points in the Lakers' 120-108 loss to Cleveland on Thursday.
Analysis: Bryant put on an impressive shooting display, going 11 for 16 from the floor and 3 of 4 from beyond the arc in his final game opposite LeBron James. With 16 games left in his career, it's unknown how many he'll play.
Mar. 5 2:44 PM PT3:44 PM MT4:44 PM CT5:44 PM ET22:44 GMT6:44 3:44 PM MST5:44 PM EST2:44 UAE (+1)23:4417:44 ET4:44 PM CT21:44 - Bryant remains out with a sore right shoulder.
Analysis: The Lakers superstar is questionable for Thursday's game versus Cleveland.
Mar. 2 7:13 PM PT8:13 PM MT9:13 PM CT10:13 PM ET3:13 GMT11:13 8:13 PM MST10:13 PM EST7:13 UAE (+1)04:1322:13 ET9:13 PM CT2:13 - Bryant didn't play Friday after sitting out the second half of Wednesday's game against Denver to rest his sore right shoulder.
Analysis: Bryant is trying to play his final games in each city, but he won't push any injuries for home games. The Lakers play the Warriors at home Sunday.
Feb. 20 9:30 PM PT10:30 PM MT11:30 PM CT12:30 AM ET5:30 GMT13:30 10:30 PM MST12:30 AM EST9:30 UAE06:300:30 ET11:30 PM CT3:30 - Bryant scored 25 points in his final game against San Antonio on Friday.
Analysis: He made 10 of 25 shots to move his scoring average to 24.9 in the last seven games.
Feb. 12 10:07 AM PT11:07 AM MT12:07 PM CT1:07 PM ET18:07 GMT2:07 11:07 AM MST1:07 PM EST22:07 UAE19:0713:07 ET12:07 PM CT16:07 - Bryant has gone through an All-Star media day for the final time. Bryant says he would be fine playing just 10 minutes Sunday. Fans, however, are probably hoping for far more than that.
Analysis: The retiring star of the Los Angeles Lakers took questions for about 30 minutes, laughed and smiled throughout, accepted some gifts from international reporters - including a photo that said "thank you" _ and spoke in English, Italian and a little Spanish at times. He even asked a reporter from Taiwan to teach him a phrase in his language.
Feb. 7 9:04 PM PT10:04 PM MT11:04 PM CT12:04 AM ET5:04 GMT13:04 10:04 PM MST12:04 AM EST9:04 UAE06:040:04 ET11:04 PM CT3:04 - Bryant had 25 points in Saturday's loss in San Antonio on 9-of-28 shooting.
Analysis: Bryant has averaged 28.3 points in his last four games. This was his final road game against the Spurs, and San Antonio will go down as the only Western Conference city where he hasn't posted a 40-point regular-season scoring effort.
Feb. 5 10:41 PM PT11:41 PM MT12:41 AM CT1:41 AM ET6:41 GMT14:41 11:41 PM MST1:41 AM EST10:41 UAE07:411:41 ET12:41 AM CT4:41 - Bryant scored 27 points with 12 rebounds in the Lakers' 99-96 win at New Orleans on Thursday.
Analysis: Bryant is averaging 29.3 points over the last three games, a tremendous improvement from the 8.1 over his previous eight games.
Feb. 3 10:01 PM PT11:01 PM MT12:01 AM CT1:01 AM ET6:01 GMT14:01 11:01 PM MST1:01 AM EST10:01 UAE07:011:01 ET12:01 AM CT4:01 - Bryant finished with a season-high 38 points in a vintage performance to help the Lakers beat the visiting Timberwolves 119-115 on Tuesday night. The 37-year-old, who will retire at season's end, hit 10 of 21 from the field - including a season-high seven 3-pointers on 11 attempts - and went 11 of 12 from the free-throw line.
Analysis: It marked a second straight solid performance for Bryant, who had 23 points in Sunday's loss to Charlotte after not scoring more than 15 in any of his previous eight games.
Feb. 1 10:15 PM PT11:15 PM MT12:15 AM CT1:15 AM ET6:15 GMT14:15 11:15 PM MST1:15 AM EST10:15 UAE07:151:15 ET12:15 AM CT4:15 - Bryant scored 23 points with eight rebounds in the Lakers' 101-82 loss to Charlotte on Sunday.
Analysis: Bryant's performance came after he averaged 8.1 points while shooting 32.1 percent from the floor over his previous eight games. He's also dealing with a sore right shoulder.
Jan. 29 11:40 AM PT12:40 PM MT1:40 PM CT2:40 PM ET19:40 GMT3:40 12:40 PM MST2:40 PM EST23:40 UAE20:4014:40 ET1:40 PM CT17:40 - Bryant will sit out Friday for the Lakers.
Analysis: The club announced early Friday that Bryant would sit after going 4 for 13 and finishing with 10 points in Thursday's humiliating loss to the Bulls.
Jan. 26 6:44 PM PT7:44 PM MT8:44 PM CT9:44 PM ET2:44 GMT10:44 7:44 PM MST9:44 PM EST6:44 UAE (+1)03:4421:44 ET8:44 PM CT0:44 - Bryant is playing in Thursday night's game against Chicago.
Analysis: The Black Mamba is back in the lineup after sitting out Tuesday's loss to Dallas with a sore right shoulder.
Jan. 23 9:00 PM PT10:00 PM MT11:00 PM CT12:00 AM ET5:00 GMT13:00 10:00 PM MST12:00 AM EST9:00 UAE06:000:00 ET11:00 PM CT3:00 - Bryant never appeared to be close to doing something spectacular Friday, going 2 for 9 for five points and and picking up six assists in 27 minutes.
Analysis: Bryant will face Portland for the final time Saturday in an emotional moment for the aging legend.
Jan. 21 10:16 PM PT11:16 PM MT12:16 AM CT1:16 AM ET6:16 GMT14:16 11:16 PM MST1:16 AM EST10:16 UAE07:161:16 ET12:16 AM CT4:16 - Bryant appeared in his 36th game of the season Wednesday, surpassing his 35 total appearances last season.
Analysis: Bryant made 4 of 13 shots for 15 points and continues to hurt the fantasy development of his teammates. He's the NBA's worst shooter at 34.5 percent and at minus-310 for the season as one of the worst players in the league, if not the worst.
Jan. 17 8:49 PM PT9:49 PM MT10:49 PM CT11:49 PM ET4:49 GMT12:49 9:49 PM MST11:49 PM EST8:49 UAE05:4923:49 ET10:49 PM CT2:49 - Bryant matched a season high with nine assists Sunday.
Analysis: Bryant should pass the ball more since he's the NBA's worst shooter at 34.6 percent. He sat out the second and fourth quarters.
Jan. 16 3:20 PM PT4:20 PM MT5:20 PM CT6:20 PM ET23:20 GMT7:20 4:20 PM MST6:20 PM EST3:20 UAE (+1)00:2018:20 ET5:20 PM CT21:20 - Bryant revealed Saturday that he is removing himself from consideration for a spot on the U.S. team that will compete at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer, meaning the five-time NBA champion's retirement begins officially when his 20th and final season with the Los Angeles Lakers ends.
Analysis: Bryant made the announcement in Salt Lake City before the Lakers' game against the Utah Jazz. He has informed USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and Olympic coach Mike Krzyzewski of his decision, although there is no reason he would actually deserve to be on the team since he is currently the NBA's worst player by any metric. "I already let Jerry and Coach K know that I physically can't do it," Bryant said.
Jan. 16 8:43 PM PT9:43 PM MT10:43 PM CT11:43 PM ET4:43 GMT12:43 9:43 PM MST11:43 PM EST8:43 UAE05:4323:43 ET10:43 PM CT2:43 - Bryant made 2 of 8 shots for five points Saturday before his Achilles flared up.
Analysis: Bryant may not play Sunday against Houston. "Jamming it up a little bit, pushing off the toe in an explosive manner sometimes does it," he said. "I just tweaked it and couldn't shake it lose tonight."
Jan. 14 8:36 PM PT9:36 PM MT10:36 PM CT11:36 PM ET4:36 GMT12:36 9:36 PM MST11:36 PM EST8:36 UAE05:3623:36 ET10:36 PM CT2:36 - Bryant is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game at Golden State.
Analysis: The retiring superstar didn't want to miss his final game in Oakland despite dealing with a sore Achilles. Bryant sat out a game earlier this week and could miss a few more with the Lakers' medical staff suggesting he take some time off. He's not a recommended fantasy option at this point.
Jan. 13 10:25 PM PT11:25 PM MT12:25 AM CT1:25 AM ET6:25 GMT14:25 11:25 PM MST1:25 AM EST10:25 UAE07:251:25 ET12:25 AM CT4:25 - Bryant scored seven points in 16 minutes before leaving for good shortly before halftime due to a sore Achilles tendon Tuesday.
Analysis: There are many who wish Bryant would leave the sport for good now rather than wait till the end of the season. He's the league's worst shooter at 35.0 percent and worst on 3s at 25.4 after bricking all five attempts Tuesday.
Jan. 10 8:50 PM PT9:50 PM MT10:50 PM CT11:50 PM ET4:50 GMT12:50 9:50 PM MST11:50 PM EST8:50 UAE05:5023:50 ET10:50 PM CT2:50 - Bryant sat out Sunday.
Analysis: Bryant decided that a meaningless game against the Jazz was a good night to rest his aging body.
Jan. 9 9:57 PM PT10:57 PM MT11:57 PM CT12:57 AM ET5:57 GMT13:57 10:57 PM MST12:57 AM EST9:57 UAE06:570:57 ET11:57 PM CT3:57 - Bryant registered 19 points and six assists Friday.
Analysis: Bryant is the club's leading scorer at 17.6 points per game and is shooting an awful 35.0 percent for the season.
Jan. 2 9:24 PM PT10:24 PM MT11:24 PM CT12:24 AM ET5:24 GMT13:24 10:24 PM MST12:24 AM EST9:24 UAE06:240:24 ET11:24 PM CT3:24 - Bryant scored 28 points in his return from a three-game absence Thursday, a 118-115 loss to the Kings.
Analysis: The Los Angeles Lakers star was dealing with a sore right shoulder ahead of his final visit to Sacramento. He sat out the fourth quarter because of a minutes limitation imposed by coach Byron Scott.
Dec. 31 9:16 PM PT10:16 PM MT11:16 PM CT12:16 AM ET5:16 GMT13:16 10:16 PM MST12:16 AM EST9:16 UAE06:160:16 ET11:16 PM CT3:16 - Bryant recorded a stunning double-double for his first of the season Wednesday.
Analysis: Bryant had 15 points and 11 rebounds, making 5 of 18 shots and getting swatted a few times in the process. The NBA's worst shooter at 34.1 percent, Bryant also said Wednesday that there's no chance he'll change his mind about retirement.
Dec. 27 7:23 PM PT8:23 PM MT9:23 PM CT10:23 PM ET3:23 GMT11:23 8:23 PM MST10:23 PM EST7:23 UAE (+1)04:2322:23 ET9:23 PM CT1:23 - Bryant, who played in only the first and third quarters while dealing with a sore right knee, scored 19 on Sunday.
Analysis: His field-goal percentage of 34.7 and 3-point percentage of 25.6 are the NBA's worst marks. Once the best the league had to offer, he's now easily the NBA's worst player.
Dec. 26 9:44 PM PT10:44 PM MT11:44 PM CT12:44 AM ET5:44 GMT13:44 10:44 PM MST12:44 AM EST9:44 UAE06:440:44 ET11:44 PM CT3:44 - Bryant scored 12 points for the Lakers in his NBA-record 16th and final Christmas Day game Friday. "Tonight, my bones just couldn't get loose," said Bryant, who turned 37 in August.
Analysis: Bryant played 26 minutes and sat out the entire fourth quarter while the Lakers outscored the Clippers 27-9. He remains the worst shooter in the NBA at 34.5 percent and is probably the league's worst overall player.
Dec. 20 9:52 PM PT10:52 PM MT11:52 PM CT12:52 AM ET5:52 GMT13:52 10:52 PM MST12:52 AM EST9:52 UAE06:520:52 ET11:52 PM CT3:52 - Bryant tied a season high with 31 points after missing a game with a sore right shoulder, and the Los Angeles Lakers rallied from a 21-point, first-half deficit to edge Denver 111-107 on Tuesday.
Analysis: "I can still play a little bit," said Bryant, who was on the court for 32 minutes in the first game of a back-to-back. "It was a great test for me tonight to see if I could still play both ends of the floor." The Lakers will face Oklahoma City on Wednesday.
Dec. 18 10:23 PM PT11:23 PM MT12:23 AM CT1:23 AM ET6:23 GMT14:23 11:23 PM MST1:23 AM EST10:23 UAE07:231:23 ET12:23 AM CT4:23 - Bryant finished with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting and eight rebounds in a 107-87 loss to Houston. He even added his first dunk of the season.
Analysis: Bryant has had his struggles this season, but he's averaging 23.0 points on 53.2 percent shooting over his last three games.
Dec. 16 10:21 PM PT11:21 PM MT12:21 AM CT1:21 AM ET6:21 GMT14:21 11:21 PM MST1:21 AM EST10:21 UAE07:211:21 ET12:21 AM CT4:21 - Bryant had 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's win over Milwaukee.
Analysis: Bryant's shot has come around some, averaging 18.2 points and hitting 47.2 percent in his last five games.
Dec. 7 10:07 PM PT11:07 PM MT12:07 AM CT1:07 AM ET6:07 GMT14:07 11:07 PM MST1:07 AM EST10:07 UAE07:071:07 ET12:07 AM CT4:07 - Bryant finished with five points on 2-of-15 shooting on Sunday.
Analysis: Although he had been averaging 19.8 points over his previous five games, there have been too many dreadful shooting nights for him to be on a fantasy roster.
Dec. 2 9:44 PM PT10:44 PM MT11:44 PM CT12:44 AM ET5:44 GMT13:44 10:44 PM MST12:44 AM EST9:44 UAE06:440:44 ET11:44 PM CT3:44 - Bryant scored 20 points in the Lakers' 103-91 loss at Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Analysis: Bryant is averaging 15.8 points on the season.
Nov. 29 10:06 PM PT11:06 PM MT12:06 AM CT1:06 AM ET6:06 GMT14:06 11:06 PM MST1:06 AM EST10:06 UAE07:061:06 ET12:06 AM CT4:06 - Bryant had his best game in quite a while Saturday with 21 points on 7-of-20 shooting in a loss at Portland.
Analysis: Bryant had totaled 22 points on 7-of-36 shooting over his previous two games.
Nov. 29 3:10 PM PT4:10 PM MT5:10 PM CT6:10 PM ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST3:10 UAE (+1)00:1018:10 ET5:10 PM CT21:10 - Bryant, who said he has decided to retire after this season, was predictably awful on Sunday as he made 4 of 20 shots for 13 points. He is shooting 30.5 percent for the NBA's worst mark. "I had to just accept the fact that I don't want to do this anymore, and I'm OK with that," he said.
Analysis: The 37-year-old Bryant made the announcement in a post on Derek Jeter's celebrity website Sunday. The decision was not unexpected, given that Bryant has said many times in recent weeks that he was considering making his 20th NBA season his last. It was also unexpected since he is probably the league's worst player at this time.
Nov. 25 7:33 AM PT8:33 AM MT9:33 AM CT10:33 AM ET15:33 GMT23:33 8:33 AM MST10:33 AM EST19:33 UAE16:3310:33 ET9:33 AM CT13:33 - Bryant turned in one of the worst performances of his career Tuesday against the best team he has ever faced.
Analysis: The former superstar shot 1 of 14 for just four points, matching the worst-shooting performance of his career in a game where he had at least one basket. The Lakers lost by 34 at unbeaten Golden State. "I could have scored 80 tonight, it wouldn't have made a damn difference," said Bryant, who is shooting a league-worst 31.1 percent.
Nov. 10 5:20 PM PT6:20 PM MT7:20 PM CT8:20 PM ET1:20 GMT9:20 6:20 PM MST8:20 PM EST5:20 UAE (+1)02:2020:20 ET7:20 PM CT23:20 - Bryant was back in the lineup Friday, finishing with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting in a 90-82 loss at Dallas.
Analysis: Bryant has been dealing with a back injury, but he just isn't good enough to warrant a spot on your fantasy team right now.
Nov. 9 2:13 PM PT3:13 PM MT4:13 PM CT5:13 PM ET22:13 GMT6:13 3:13 PM MST5:13 PM EST2:13 UAE (+1)23:1317:13 ET4:13 PM CT20:13 - Bryant says a spot on the U.S. Olympic team next summer "would mean the world" to him.
Analysis: Bryant, who in no way, shape or form deserves a spot for his performance this year as one of the worst players in the NBA, says he feels like he could add value to the Olympic roster "from a leadership perspective" and with his defense.
Nov. 8 2:16 PM PT3:16 PM MT4:16 PM CT5:16 PM ET22:16 GMT6:16 3:16 PM MST5:16 PM EST2:16 UAE (+1)23:1617:16 ET4:16 PM CT20:16 - Bryant finished with 18 points Sunday in another woeful effort in what was likely the final Madison Square Garden appearance of his storied career.
Analysis: Bryant's total was far off the 30.7 per game he had been averaging at MSG. The 37-year-old former fantasy superstar made 6 of 19 shots and is shooting 32.0 percent with only Denver rookie Emmanuel Mudiay faring worse.
Nov. 7 9:49 PM PT10:49 PM MT11:49 PM CT12:49 AM ET5:49 GMT13:49 10:49 PM MST12:49 AM EST9:49 UAE06:490:49 ET11:49 PM CT3:49 - Bryant scored 18 points Friday, his highest performance since opening night though he was awful yet again.
Analysis: Bryant made 5 of 16 shots and is shooting 32.1 percent for the league's third-worst mark. Bryant doesn't know if this is the end but fantasy owners certainly do.
Nov. 4 10:08 PM PT11:08 PM MT12:08 AM CT1:08 AM ET6:08 GMT14:08 11:08 PM MST1:08 AM EST10:08 UAE07:081:08 ET12:08 AM CT4:08 - Bryant made 4 of 11 shots for 11 points Tuesday.
Analysis: You have to be kidding if you think Bryant has anything left in the tank.
Nov. 2 2:32 PM PT3:32 PM MT4:32 PM CT5:32 PM ET22:32 GMT6:32 3:32 PM MST5:32 PM EST2:32 UAE (+1)23:3217:32 ET4:32 PM CT20:32 - Lakers coach Byron Scott gave a day off to Bryant on Monday for rest after a frustrating start to his 20th NBA season.
Analysis: Bryant was ''really angry'' with himself after a 3-for-15 shooting performance against the Mavericks. After the game, Bryant called himself ''the 200th-best player in the league.'' The third-leading scorer in NBA history hit 31.3 percent of his shots in Los Angeles' first three games, including just 20.7 percent on 3-pointers.
Oct. 31 10:46 PM PT11:46 PM MT12:46 AM CT1:46 AM ET5:46 GMT13:46 10:46 PM MST12:46 AM EST9:46 UAE06:461:46 ET11:46 PM CT3:46 - Bryant's slow start continued Friday, as he scored 13 on 5-of-12 shooting at Sacramento.
Analysis: Bryant is 13 for 36 through two games, including a 4-of-21 mark from 3-point range.
Oct. 29 9:49 PM PT10:49 PM MT11:49 PM CT12:49 AM ET4:49 GMT12:49 9:49 PM MST11:49 PM EST8:49 UAE05:490:49 ET10:49 PM CT2:49 - Bryant scored 24 points in the first game of his 20th season Wednesday.
Analysis: Bryant, who missed all five fourth-quarter shots, broke John Stockton's NBA record for the most seasons with one team.
Oct. 13 8:36 PM PT9:36 PM MT10:36 PM CT11:36 PM ET3:36 GMT11:36 8:36 PM MST10:36 PM EST7:36 UAE (+1)05:3623:36 ET10:36 PM CT2:36 - Bryant is still expected to play in the Los Angeles Lakers' season opener after being slowed by a bruised leg for two weeks.
Analysis: Bryant participated in most of the Lakers' practice Monday at their training complex. Coach Byron Scott says he expects Bryant to play against Minnesota on Wednesday. Scott says Bryant "knocks off the rust pretty quickly."

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