David Murphy: Kobe Bryant let Doc Rivers in. One year after his death, the absence still stings.

PHILADELPHIA — They were at a function together, as they often were, a longtime coach and an all-time great, chairs pulled together in a corner of the room. The subject was one that always came up whenever Doc Rivers and Kobe Bryant were in the vicinity of one another. In 2008, Rivers’ Celtics had beaten Bryant’s Lakers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to clinch Boston’s first title in 22 years. Two years later, Bryant had returned the favor, leading the Lakers to an 83-79 win in Game 7 to secure the fifth and final championship of his Hall of Fame career. Nearly a decade had passed, both of their …

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