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Kobe Bryant opens up on LeBron James, Chris Bosh joining Miami

October 14, 2010 |  2:17 pm


Kobe Bryant hates the question, hasn't really answered it at all other than a few platitudes here and there.

But on Thursday, he gave a little insight into his thoughts on LeBron James and Chris Bosh taking their talents to South Beach to join Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat.

He said his first reaction was, "Wow. How did Pat Riley pull that [expletive] off?"

Then he had another thought.

"I said I've got to get my knee healthy, that's what I said."

Bryant has shot poorly in exhibition play, making only four of 28 shots (14.3%) during a slow, methodical return from offseason surgery on his right knee. He practiced Thursday and said he would play Saturday and Sunday in the Lakers' first back-to-back exhibitions this season.

He said the Heat had the potential to be "great," but he wasn't entirely motivated by Miami's new look, even though Las Vegas oddsmakers have made the Heat, not the Lakers, as the favorite to win the NBA championship.

"I don't need it," Bryant said of the added incentive.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: Andreu Dalmau / European Press Agency.