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Kobe Bryant on his pick for BCS championship game: 'I tend to stick with the family'

January 10, 2011 | 12:37 pm

The Lakers showed some love for various other teams after their victory over the New York Knicks on Sunday, 109-87.

When Lakers guard Kobe Bryant entered the locker room he was met with playful jeers from several Lakers personnel about his hometown Philadelphia Eagles losing to the Green Bay Packers, prompting him to yell a few phrases not suitable for print. Lakers forwards Ron Artest and Devin Ebanks waxed nostalgic about their hometown New York Knicks going through a resurgence. And Lakers Coach Phil Jackson fondly reflected on his playing days with New York's 1970 and 1973 championship teams.

Bryant also talked about Monday night's BCS championship game between Auburn and Oregon.

"I'm a big Cam Newton fan. Chuck [Person] is a big Auburn guy and dear friend of mine," Bryant said. "That being said, Oregon is a Nike school. I tend to stick with the family" referring to the Lakers' star's endorsement deal with the shoe company.

-- Mark Medina

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