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L.A. Lakers star Kobe Bryant is desperate to reconcile with estranged wife Vanessa Bryant, sources say. Whether she gives him the time of day or not is another story.

Vanessa filed for divorce from Kobe last weekend, but people close to the family say his two daughters, ages 8 and 5, are playing a major role in his bid to reconcile.

Kobe is said to be "deeply depressed" over the situation and is very concerned about how his little girls will handle growing up in two separate households.

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Sounds nice and all, but Vanessa Bryant decided to pull the plug on the union after catching the NBA star in an extramarital affair, and it wasn't the first time.

Some have accused Vanessa of being a gold-digger, but they were married for 10 years - before Kobe was obscenely rich - and she stood by him in 2003.

That was when he was accused of raping a girl he cheated with. They toughed it out through that, but his current affair was apparently the last straw.

Bryant's family was unaware of Kobe's efforts but they hope he and Vanessa can find a way to get along in the future if only for the sake of the kids.

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It's pretty much accepted as fact that Kobe Bryant cheated on wife Vanessa on more than one occasion and that his infidelity led to her divorce filing last Friday.

What's unclear is who the other woman was - but Jessica Burciaga says it's not her.

Rumors pegged Playboy Playmate and Miss February 2009 Jessica as the alleged mistress that was in the middle of it all, but she says it's simply not the case.

Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce after an affair she heard about through the NBA wife rumor mill, believing that to be the last straw. It wasn't with Jessica, though.

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A spokesperson for both Kobe and Vanessa says the rumors are false and the initial blog, MediaTakeOut (dot) com, even acknowledges as much now. Shocker.

A second source also told E! News that, "Kobe and Jessica have never met."

Well, that's interesting. Not that we're surprised. If you follow the sexy Playmate on Twitter - and you should! - you'd know something were amiss ...

"The 1st media website that released this false story now takes it down, but thanks a lot now it's all over every other blog," she tweeted yesterday.

"It feels good when a non reliable, crappy media website retracts their story and takes my pics down and gets its right days later. Great."

There you have it people. Lesson learned.

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Gold diggers: Like mother, like daughter. That's what Vanessa Bryant's former stepfather is saying about the soon-to-be ex-wife of NBA superstar Kobe Bryant.

Stephen Laine said in the aftermath of Kobe Bryant's divorce announcement that Vanessa, his spouse of 10 years, is acting just like her money-grubbing mom.

"Her mother taught her well to wait for the ten-year mark [before divorcing]," he said. "In California ... it's considered a long term marriage and then she gets paid for life or until [Vanessa] remarries ... just like her mother is doing to me."

Is that really fair, though?

Kobe Bryant, Wife Vanessa Bryant

First off, Kobe was reportedly caught cheating after the wives of some of his teammates told Vanessa Bryant of the player's increasingly frequent infidelities.

Second, 10 years is a long ass time, and two kids are a lot of work. Yes, having kids to "trap" the dad is a baby mama staple, but this doesn't seem like that.

They married young, before Kobe was that rich (she stands to receive at least $75 million now), and despite whatever rep she has, she never seeks attention.

Finally, she stood by Kobe after he was accused of RAPING someone. Enduring public humiliation isn't part of the gold-digging handbook ... $4 million ring or not.

What do you think? Is Vanessa Bryant a gold digger?

 

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Kobe Bryant can blame Basketball Wives for getting caught cheating.

Not the stars of VH1's Basketball Wives - none of whom are actually married, and one of whom isn't even involved with a basketball player - mind you. We mean actual wives of teammates, and other NBA squads. Let's just say that people talk.

Vanessa Bryant caught Kobe cheating - not Elin Nordegren style, but she did find out about his infidelity when talk of his extracurricular sexual exploits increased in frequency among her fellow spouses, according to a TMZ report.

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Players often swear their wives to secrecy before dishing on their fellow NBA players, but that secrecy is rarely kept. Women all share intel about other guys.

This is done, in part, to ensure word will get back to them if their man cheats. It's like a trophy wife code of sorts. Informal and unwritten, but foolproof.

Vanessa Bryant filed divorce papers on Friday, after learning of Kobe's latest infidelity, which is seen as the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.

Jessica Burciaga is rumored to be the mistress, but that's just a rumor. True or not, he was clearly cheating on Vanessa, and it clearly wasn't the first time.

They have two kids. There was no prenup. She's about to be REAL rich!

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Kobe Bryant's divorce was a long time coming, according to sources close to the Los Angeles Lakers star and his soon-to-be former spouse of 10 years.

Vanessa Bryant caught Kobe with "multiple women" over the years, but his most recent transgression, which took place "very recently," was it for her.

A close source says that for, his latest affair was the straw that broke the camel's back, so to speak, and she decided to finally end their marriage.

Kobe Bryant and Wife Vanessa

Sources would not say specifically how Vanessa caught Kobe, but it was not through text messages a la Tiger Woods, Rachel Uchitel and Elin Nordegren.

The NBA great famously cheated in 2003 when he was accused of raping a Colorado woman, but was acquitted and appeared to have made amends at home.

It's not clear how many affairs he had or whether Vanessa knew any of the people, but they've already worked out a settlement agreement in the split.

Vanessa will remain in the couple's mansion and have joint custody of the pair's two daughters, 8 and 5, presumably getting half of Kobe's empire.

The couple did not have a prenuptial agreement in place.

Kobe is said to be "desperate" to win back his wife but Vanessa Bryant is having none of it, even though she admits she still loves Kobe dearly.

She just can't stand his infidelity anymore. That's that.

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Vanessa Bryant, the wife of NBA star Kobe Bryant, filed for divorce Friday afternoon, citing "irreconcilable differences." They were married 10 and a half years.

Sources say that Vanessa decided to end the marriage because she thinks the Los Angeles Lakers guard has been unfaithful ... and not for the first time.

As one source close to Vanessa put it, "She's been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she's finally had enough."

"This one is the straw that broke the camel's back."

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Vanessa Bryant famously stuck by Kobe after he was charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman in 2003 (he was acquitted of all charges).

Apparently the cheating didn't end there, though, and while Kobe "desperately" wants to win her back and will do "whatever it takes" ... good luck.

Vanessa is asking for joint custody of their two daughters, Natalia, 8, and Gianna, 5, but is asking that the basketball superstar get visitation rights

There is no prenup, so 29-year-old Vanessa is entitled to half the empire built over the last decade by NBA MVP and five-time champion Kobe, 33.

She's also requesting spousal support, which Kobe will pay. The Bryants released a joint statement saying they have "resolved all issues" privately.

No word on whether Kobe plans on changing his uniform number yet again or if Vanessa plans on joining the new season of VH1's Basketball Wives.

SIDE NOTE: That $4 million ring Kobe gave Vanessa after the 2003 scandal - later referred to as "the Kobe special" by Tiger Woods - all hers. Gift, babe.

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For the first time in four seasons, the Los Angeles Lakers will not be in the NBA Finals. The Dallas Mavericks swept them out of the playoffs earlier this week.

Brimming with confidence just a few days ago, superstar Kobe Bryant had a lot to say about his team's demise at his final press conference of the season.

How's he supposed to perform with Gatorade sabotaging him? And don't even get him started on his teammates or who's gonna fill the team's coaching vacancy.

Watch Kobe tell us how it's gonna be next year in this Funny or Die spoof ...

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L.A. Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant appeared to use a homophobic slur while cursing out an NBA ref last night, and a gay rights group is justifiably livid.

In the third quarter of L.A.'s matchup with the Spurs, Kobe got a technical foul. Clearly upset, he appeared to call Bennie Adams a "F**king f**got."

The Lakers say they can't confirm what was said, but it looks obvious. An announcer even said, "You might wanna take the cameras off of him" ...

In the wake of this incident, the Human Rights Campaign called it "a disgrace for Kobe Bryant to use such horribly offensive and distasteful language."

Even worse, the group said in condemning Kobe - "a person with such fame and influence" - was that he did this with millions of people watching:

"Such language not only offends millions of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] people around the world, but also perpetuates a culture of discrimination and hate that all of us, most notably Mr. Bryant, should be working to eradicate."

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