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Lakers' Bryant 'sorry'

July 6, 2007 at 2:02 AM

LOS ANGELES, July 6 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant says he apologized to General Manager Mitch Kupchak for uncomplimentary things he said about teammate Andrew Bynum.

Bryant, speaking with reporters at a youth basketball camp he sponsors at Loyola Marymount College in Los Angeles, said Thursday he met personally with Kupchak two weeks ago to talk about his comments on a video recorded on a cell phone by some fans. The comments gained wide circulation with help from the Internet.

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In his session with reporters Thursday, Bryant did not repeat his highly publicized demand to be traded, The Los Angeles Times reported.

"What I said is what I said. Everybody knows that we need to make some adjustments and need to get better," Bryant said Thursday. "That's not a shock, that's not a secret. We just have to see where that goes."

Bryant said he had been thinking recently about his future with -- or without -- the Lakers.

"I kind of stepped away from all of that and just focused on Team USA and just getting better," he said.

Bryant publicly demanded a trade May 30. He has four years and $88.6 million remaining on his Lakers contract, but he can void the contract in two years.

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