LA Times: They filed out one by one from the trainers’ room at the Lakers’ El Segundo facility today, 17 of the 18 Lakers currently in uniform, for the start of media day. Then came Coach Phil Jackson and his assistants.
But all the gathered media didn’t flinch. They were waiting for the 18th member of the squad.
And finally, 34 minutes after the start of media day, Kobe Bryant, whose trade-me-don’t-trade-me tirades during the off-season kept him in the headlines, came out in uniform, apparently ready to begin another season with the Lakers.
Escorted by an armada of cameras and microphones, Bryant greeted Lakers broadcasters Joel Meyers and Stu Lantz and proceeded to stand before a camera and read team public-service announcements and television promos.
“I’m ready to go. I’m happy to see Fish and Chris back,” Bryant said of recent acquisition Derek Fisher and center Chris Mihm, who has returned from an injury. “I’m all smiles.”