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How good are Lakers without Lamar Odom? Ask Kobe Bryant

Another intriguing day with Kobe Bryant, who flipped between sarcasm and realism as the Lakers faced a second day without Lamar Odom.

First, the sarcasm. "I think we're terrible," Bryant said Monday. "I think we're going to be worse."

Bryant was still irritated that Odom was dealt to Dallas over the weekend and mentioned his own trade demands in May 2007.

"They sure didn't listen to me when I asked," he said.

Bryant flip-flopped his sarcasm in an eight-minute interview session, insisting he still believes in the Lakers' roster.

"If Shannon [Brown] is in Phoenix and Lamar's in Dallas, last I checked I still have Pau [Gasol], I still have Andrew [Bynum], I still have Ron. I kind of like my chances," he said.

Ron would be Metta World Peace.

Bryant continued to have faith in Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak.

"Mitch traded Kwame [Brown] for Pau, so he’s kind of earned a license to do whatever the hell he wants," Bryant said. "He knows what he’s doing. He’s built a championship team. He’s done it before."

Bryant added that a Chris Paul trade to the Clippers would be weird. "Just a little," he said.

A day earlier, Bryant had been overtly critical of the Lakers sending Odom and a second-round pick in 2012 to Dallas for the Mavericks' first-round pick in 2012 and a traded-player exception worth $8.9 million.

"I don't like it," he said.

— Mike Bresnahan

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