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Kobe Bryant joined ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption on Wednesday afternoon.

Bryant, was asked to clarify his comments from 2 weeks ago, that he was proud of Andrew Bynum for the flagrant 2 foul he had against Minnesota’s Michael Beasley.

Tony Kornheiser: “Is the message in that, that Kobe Bryant says to his team and to the league, that the Lakers are going to be tougher then you think we are going to be?”

Bryant: “I don’t know about all that, I just thought it was a good foul. I was proud of him for taking a stand and protecting our paint, and protecting the basket. Now whether that is controversial, or people interpret it as whatever they want to interpret it as, so be it, but I’m proud of our bigs for protecting the basket.”

Since the All-Star break, Bynum has shot 63% from the field. Averaging 11.8 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks, helping the Lakers to a 15-1 record.