Q&A: With Lakers' guard Kobe Bryant

By Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Modified: April 30, 2010 at 10:00 pm •  Published: April 29, 2010
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Was Tuesday night your best 13-point game of your career?

I don’t know. I was just being aggressive, getting in the paint and making them make decisions. When I do that, I collapse the defense and they just got to make a choice.


After all you’ve been through you wanted (to defend) Russell Westbrook, too? Is that some kind of new therapy?

I enjoy the challenge. He’s been playing sensational. If we’re going to be eliminated, I don’t want to go into summer thinking I could have done something about it. So I accept the challenge.

Everyone knows you’ve got some kind of knee soreness. Westbrook’s a blur. How did you do that?

Just being a savvy old dog, I guess.

Phil Jackson said you went to him Monday and asked for the assignment. Why now, at this point in the series?

It’s about time. We got to make some adjustments. Ron (Artest) is working extremely hard on (Kevin) Durant. Russell does such a great job of getting in the paint. And I think I’m a pretty good defensive player myself so I decided to take the assignment.

With two days off to rest and a pretty light night Tuesday, do you think this series is starting to break right for you guys schedule-wise?

Schedule-wise, yeah. We just got to get rest, get ready and see if we can’t have a better showing in Oklahoma than we did the last time.

How are you handling expectations you have to score 40 and when you don’t people suggesting it has something to do with your physical condition or age?

If I didn’t have Pau (Gasol), Andrew (Bynum) and the crew that I have, I’d score 45, 50 points.


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