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Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson showing no allegiances toward BCS national championship game

January 7, 2010 | 12:45 pm

Besides the fact the team will be busy traveling today, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Coach Phil Jackson have other reasons they're not vested in tonight's Bowl Championship Series title game featuring Alabama and Texas.

"Being in L.A., I've been adopted by USC as my school of preference," said Bryant, though he has counseled former Texas quarterback Vince Young, who was outside the team's locker room after the Lakers' game against Houston on Tuesday night. "I refuse to claim anyone else as champions."

For Jackson, the game simply doesn't match his competitive interests.

"It’s kind of like college basketball -- these are the boys that play, not the men," he said. "It’s fun, but it’s a boys' game. I like the men’s game personally."

-- Mark Medina

Photo: Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 33 points but had a brutal shooting night (33 points on 10-for-30 shooting). Credit: Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times.