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Kobe Bryant's camp starts Wednesday

July 7, 2010 |  1:19 pm

Amid the hoopla surrounding the news that LeBron James will announce in an hourlong special Thursday on ESPN his future whereabouts, a few on Twitter and in the L.A. Times Lakers blog joked that Kobe Bryant must be laughing right now.

Actually, he's starting his basketball camp.

The Kobe Basketball Academy runs from Wednesday through Sunday at UC Santa Barbara for kids between 8 and 18, going, costing $575 for day campers and $700 for night campers. It serves as the perfect counterpoint that Bryant is teaching kids basketball fundamentals at the same time James' hourlong special reflects the excess and ego that define much of modern sports.

Bryant has often talked about how he benefited during his childhood from striking a good balance between just going out and playing and also properly learning the fundamentals of the game. So it's interesting to see how he approaches the camp. But if this video from last year reveals anything, it shows that both Bryant and the campers had a blast.

-- Mark Medina

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