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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant says the Oklahoma City Thunder has “two, three of my favorite players in the league.”
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Modified: February 24, 2012 at 9:34 am •  Published: February 24, 2012

* How has Kevin Durant developed?

"He's just going to continue to get better. He's making great plays for other players. He's obviously been a phenomenal shooter. He has a developing post game. They've got two, three of my favorite players in the league on that team, man. They're fun to watch."

* On the verbal altercation with James Harden with less than two minutes remaining:

"The conversation was pretty brief. I mean, I was doing all the talking. There are certain things you can't (share publicly) … Maybe one day they'll be able to sit at my lunch table [laughing]. Right now, we're at two different lunch tables, man. That conversation was pretty brief."

Scott Brooks says you're going to play a lot this weekend (to wear you out).

"(Expletive). Let me tell you something, man, this is his first rodeo. This is my 14th, man. I'm pulling rank. … I told him, 'Look, you can put me in the last two minutes, if you want.' "