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Exit interview: Kobe Bryant says Lakers' failed title run was a 'wasted year of my life'

May 11, 2011 | 12:21 pm


Kobe Bryant exit interview

Kobe Bryant is never much for sentimentality, and he's not going to change any time soon.

So when he reflected Wednesday on the Lakers' underachieving 2010-2011 season, which included being swept in a Western Conference semifinal series, Bryant didn't mince words on his disappointment.

"It was a wasted year of my life," he said in his exit interview. 

Among the other highlights:

-- He said he believes that the Lakers can win a title next year with the same roster

-- He said he plans to work on his game during the summer, focusing on leg strength and injury prevention. He added that he doesn't want to get surgery on his right index finger, even if there is an NBA lockout, because the rehab would take too long.


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-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Kobe Bryant at his exit interview. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times