The hardest person to shop for is the guy or gal who has everything.
Similarly, the hardest sports column to write in L.A. is the one on Kobe Bryant.
What are you gonna say?
I mean, what was the last good article you saw that wasn't some dumb rehash about him and Shaq?
Well, here's what I say.
Kobe has grown up.
He's now a terrific teammate.
He's giving to fans, great with the press and tremendously charitable and generous in the community.
Remember the large family in Covina who recently experienced that horrific shooting tragedy, the Ortegas? Do you know who quietly and without any publicity at all gave the surviving family members money to try to make their lives just a little better? Kobe did.