HOOPSWORLD.COM: As Team USA preps for the Olympic qualifier in Las Vegas, the microscope once again focuses on Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers.
While it was only a couple of months ago he was demanding a trade on national radio, he had since retreated from the spotlight. While his message hadn’t changed, he did stop publicly discussing his future with the team.
A recent television appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! focused more on housework than the prospect of Bryant refusing to report to training camp.
While one ESPN reporter close to the Laker All-Star has suggested such a possibility, Bryant himself suggested otherwise to the Los Angeles Times.
To the question of whether or not he’ll be at training camp, Bryant replied “I have no reason not to be.”
Bryant also spoke to ESPN this past week about the tumultuous summer:
I think a lot of people misinterpreted it. But that’s water under the bridge to me, because going forward we’re handling our situation between ourselves, meaning the Lakers organization and myself. If things, if things were to be different, we both would have handled the situation a little differently.