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Kobe Bryant alters exit interview schedule (Web links)

May 23, 2012|By Mark Medina
  • Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, bottom, steals the ball from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant during Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals. Bryant did not meet with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike Brown on Tuesday.
Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, bottom, steals the ball from… (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles…)

- -The Times' Mike Bresnahan reports Kobe Bryant plans to have his exit meeting with Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Coach Mike Brown later this week over lunch at an undisclosed location. Bresnahan reports Bryant wanted a little more time to decompress from the Lakers' loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference semifinals.  He also wanted more time with Kupchak and a meeting away from the training facility would offer more than the typical half-hour exit interview session.

-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore criticizes David Stern for nixing the Chris Paul deal. Bonsignore also argues the Lakers need to ship Andrew Bynum.  Bonsignore also explains why Metta World Peace was baffled with the Lakers' early playoff exit.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman muses about World Peace calling Brown fat.

-- The Orange County Register's Steve Fryer argues the Lakers need to retool their roster.

-- A panel of ESPN.com writers debate what the Lakers off-season should entail.

-- NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper previews the Lakers' uncertain off-season.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky outlines eight questions the Lakers face this off-season.

- -Lakers.com features all the exit interviews.

-- Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum admires Bryant's drive.

-- Fox Sports West's Joe McDonnell speculates as to what Bryant's exit interview delay means.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin explains why World Peace believes the Lakers should've beat Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne highlights in detail how Bryant's entering uncharted territory.

-- The Orange County Register's Mark Whicker highlights Brown's wish the Lakers were more physical.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano appreciates what the Lakers accomplished given their circumstances.

Tweet of the Day: " "We had those guys [the U.S. military] beat fairly easy." -- Metta World Peace, member Granada defense forces, October 1983." -- SHowardCooper (NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper)


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