The big delivery of newspapers was stacked neatly outside the hotel door.
It was October 2004, when the paper product was still more important than anything online, the assemblage of the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and San Diego Union-Tribune obviously for someone well-read.
The person in the suite might have skimmed over the Boston Red Sox's miraculous comeback attempt from a 3-0 series deficit to the New York Yankees.
But Kobe Bryant liked keeping an eye on what was being written about him, belying the notion that athletes didn't care what the media said. Bryant had no idea I was his neighbor, very coincidentally, at a resort hotel...