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Bryant might have surgery, Fisher hopes to be back

Kobe Bryant saw the assembled media throng and laughed.

"I thought I was done with you guys after the parade," he said. "I was duped."


Bryant was still in a joyful mood six days after the Lakers won the NBA Finals, talking openly about his medical future and making effusive pleas for the returns of Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher.


Bryant was at the team's training facility Wednesday in El Segundo for his end-of-season meeting with Jackson and Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.


He said he would soon compile a timetable for possible surgery on his sore right knee or, more likely, a torn ligament in his right index finger.


"There will probably be something invasive,” he said. “I don’t expect it to be anything major. Once we drained the knee, it was fine. Fine enough. The finger, though, was a constant problem. It was always around.”


Like the rest of his teammates, Bryant stumped for Jackson’s return, saying the team would be “drastically different” without him.


“We all want him back and he knows that,” Bryant said. “I stressed that to him over and over. Our personality of the team is made up of his composure … his thought process."


What if Jackson decides to retire?


“I don’t even want to think about that right now," Bryant said. "It’s killing my buzz.”


Bryant said he had not decided whether to play for the U.S. in the world championships in two months in Turkey, though it is not considered likely.


Bryant also put in some kind words for Fisher, who becomes an unrestricted free agent in a week. It's safe to say he wants Fisher back.


"It’s crucial," Bryant said. "I don’t think that’s much of an option for him to go anywhere else."


Fisher, 35, also wants to be back, but how much of a pay cut would he be willing to take from the $5 million he made this last season? He said his first option was to return to the Lakers, but he would also listen to offers from other teams.


“I’m not chasing money, so I’m not looking at just trying to stretch out a deal artificially,” Fisher said. “But at the same time, I have a strong feeling about what my value is to a team. Based on how I feel, I can sign a ‘forever’ deal.”

-- Mike Bresnahan

UPDATE -2:00 p.m. Here is the audio version of Bryant's interview

Kobe Bryant exit interview

--Mark Medina

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Raja Bell signing in the works? I like it.

Posted by: Charles | June 23, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Here is Phil's thought process:

"If I leave, and the Lakers win without me, what does that do to my reputation? Could it really be true that it was the talent on the teams I coached that carried me, and not the other way around?

"And what if, god forbid, the Lakers not only win, but they also play better without me? What if they are motivated more often? What if the offense really clicks into gear? What if they are more entertaining to watch without me?

"Does that cast a shadow on everything I've done in my career?

"And does that mean I have to stick around until Kobe retires to avoid this potential nightmare?

Come bacj, Fish!

You might get your wish Jimjoyce (the fake jimjoyce since the real jim joyce is 100x the fan you ever will be):

Why do we want Raja Bell?

He has been all over the league, suspended for the Kobe hack and another time for kicking someone.

I'm not saying we don't, just looking for reasons why we should.

Is he anything like his former self as far as being a shooter?

What's he done the last 2 years?

Mr.Nano as much as it was great seeing Bynum play through injury did he truly impact a series compared to Kobe or Pau? When Kobe or Pau struggled did he WILL the team to victory in spite of his injury? Having great heart is one thing, laying the "He played injured" card is another when so many other players do it in the playoffs as well.

Posted by: KB Blitz | June 23, 2010 at 01:03 PM

Is not Bynum playing through injury what i'm pointing out. Is the attitude he showed. You are right, Lamar also plared injured, but we all know that healthy or not he will show in a game or not without any reason, that's his weakness, having so many skills but a weak mind. He hasn't matured yet. And that wasn't -as i remember- an injury as bad as Bynum's right now. Mbenga talked about how bad it looked after games.But that isn't my point either.

Some setbacks (131-92) and some injuries (bynum's knee) became turning points, they build character. I know some about personalities, and i can tell you that Bynum's is different now, he grew as a man and as a player because of this injure. I don't know about his health next year, and that is a big question mark, but his mentality has changed, that's for sure. And that's why i'm so intrigued about next neason.

BTW i'm not a Bynum lover, i'm more of a gambler right now. We won the last two championships in spite of bynum's health, and we can win in the same way next season if he stays the same (and i didn't even say IF HE IS HEALTHY)

Kobe needs to get the surgery done no ifs ands or buts. He got two jacked up fingers come to think of it, and that knee, he needs a scope, so he can come into the season, spry as he can be..but more so, healthy as he has been in years!

Fish will be back....

Over KOBE's dead body hell play for another team..

and as for our grand zzen master PJ!
hell be back alsooooooooooooo....

Lakers today! Lakers Tmrw! Lakers FOREVERRRRR!!!


has anyone seen the Mother of All Bloggers Mamba24?
i havnt seen a single post by the master Yang oh yeah and wheres laker TOm

Raja Bell would be a great GREAT addition to the Laker's bench. This guy can play lock down defense with quick feet. He is also a very good three point shooter and should be able to knock down shot from the perimeter with passes coming out of the congested middle. Mr. Kupchak, if you want another downtown parade next June, sign Raja Bell!!!!!

“Why do we want Raja Bell? He has been all over the league, suspended for the Kobe hack and another time for kicking someone.”

We’ve signed players from all over the league. Look at Shannon Brown, Josh Powell, Trevor Ariza and Ron Artest. If Kobe Bryant is advocating for his signing I’ll take it. Kobe knows his value and is willing to part ill feelings to have a player like Raja on the team, then he must be of value. Art’s opinion or Kobe’s?

“I'm not saying we don't, just looking for reasons why we should.”

That doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

“Is he anything like his former self as far as being a shooter? What's he done the last 2 years?”

He needs the right coaching, system and players to be around him. Look at what happened to Shawn Marion after he left the Suns? The Bobcats and Golden state are not relevant because they are bottom-feeding teams. Plus it’s hard to do anything when you are injured. People even wrote off Wade when he was playing after a shoulder injury and made a comeback post the rehabilitation.

Hey Charles,

I wasn't saying getting Raja was a bad move.
I was asking for more info because I don't know a lot about the guy and he hasn't played much at all in 2 years.
Just wondering if he's 'still got it'?

I guess if Kobe wants him that settles it.

They should get Kyle Korver for three point shooting and Nate Robinson for back up point guard, shooting, and shot creation. The Lakers are in desperate need of someone who can creat their own shot besides Kobe, Shannon Brown, and sometimes Lamar. You guys give me your feed back. I was thinking about the salary cap when I picked these two player. Both of them made $5m last year.



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