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Bill Wennington

Lakers' decision on Bryant far from being a slam-dunk

Miami -- You are running a successful company.

But your most valuable employee is a swirling tempest. He doesn't get along with the co-workers he trashes. He calls you a liar in public. He shames the company name again and again. He gets in trouble with the law in a big scandal and rewards your support during that ordeal by promptly forgetting about all that support and demanding to work elsewhere even though he is under contract for the maximum amount anyone in the world can pay him.

What do you do, boss?

Before you say "Fire him!" consider this: He is better at what he does than just about anyone else. The other employees don't much like him but know they...