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Kobe Bryant on Seattle: “I'd much rather come here in the postseason than Oklahoma”

From Staff Reports Published: July 20, 2014

Kobe Bryant took a shot at Oklahoma City on Sunday. Sort of.

At Richard Sherman’s charity softball game in Seattle, Bryant said it was his first time back to the city since the departure of the SuperSonics for Oklahoma City after the 2008 season.

“I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I’d much rather come here in the postseason than Oklahoma,” Bryant said.

Bryant and the Lakers have faced the Thunder in the postseason twice — a six-game series win in the opening round in 2010 and a five-game series loss in the 2012 Western Conference Semifinals. Oklahoma City advanced to the NBA Finals in 2012.

The Lakers would make the playoffs again in 2013 but were swept by the San Antonio Spurs.

Los Angeles missed the playoffs this past season. Bryant, 35, played in only six games during the 2013-2014 season after having surgery on his Achilles tendon in October and was shut down in March following a left knee injury.