Kobe Shows, Eventually, at Media Day

Lakers, Bryant talk to the press before heading to camp
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2007 6:47 AM CDT
Kobe Bryant, center, responds to questions during Los Angeles Lakers' media day, Monday, Oct. 1, 2007, at the team's basketball training facility in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Ric Francis)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – No longer talking about being traded, Kobe Bryant arrived at the Lakers' media day 34 minutes after the rest of his team and assured his fans that he is "ready to go." Kobe shook hands with Andrew Bynum, the center he bashed in a fan video in June, and said that he is "all smiles," reports the Los Angeles Times.

The volatile guard cites his stint on the "monster" US Olympic qualifiers team this summer as contributing to his new attitude. "It was a big help playing with guys who enjoy basketball," Bryant backhanded, and added that his goal this year is to "get the best out of" his Laker teammates.