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Kobe backs Lakers pursuit of Arenas

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08:09 AM ET 02.14 | Gilbert Arenas picked up quite an endorsement Monday, not long after Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak reportedly held a private workout for the free agent guard. While no signing is imminent, according to the sources, the 10-year veteran would be welcomed by star guard Kobe Bryant. "Sure," responded Bryant during Tuesday's practice in El Segundo when asked if he was in favor of bringing in Arenas. "It certainly wouldn't hurt, that's for sure." The Los Angeles native and Grant High School standout boasts a 21.2 ppg career scoring average. ... Arenas' character has been questioned on several occasions throughout his career, but Bryant expressed no concern about off-court problems resurfacing. "Everybody makes mistakes," insisted Bryant.

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February 14, 2012  08:37 AM ET
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Recycled from the weekend again!

No kidding I was reading from Tuesday's practice and wondering if they practice in the wee hours of the morning.

February 14, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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Meta World Peace and Gatling Gun Gilbert on the same team. That should be entertaining!

Lol, Metta is gonna strangle that fool!

February 14, 2012  09:08 AM ET

This Should Be..... enthralling.....

February 14, 2012  09:09 AM ET

This could setup the first on-court, game-time, drive-by shooting in NBA history.

How cool is that?

February 14, 2012  09:13 AM ET

I a frim believer that if the individual has proven talent, and we are in a bind (offensively wise) give him a chance. He comes cheap.

February 14, 2012  09:16 AM ET

get him for the very very minimum...

February 14, 2012  09:17 AM ET
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This could setup the first on-court, game-time, drive-by shooting in NBA history.How cool is that?

I wouldn't miss that for anything!!!

February 14, 2012  09:19 AM ET

"Everybody makes mistakes," insisted Bryant.

Amazing that nobody has run with that, yet. Maybe we ARE maturing.

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February 14, 2012  09:43 AM ET

"Sure," responded Bryant during Tuesday's practice in El Segundo when asked if he was in favor of bringing in Arenas. "It certainly wouldn't hurt, that's for sure."
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Not exactly a ringing endorsement from the Mamba...sounds more like ur answer when ur mom asked if you wanted to eat broccoli with ur dinner

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February 14, 2012  10:01 AM ET

Don't Come To LA, Bro.

February 14, 2012  10:47 AM ET

A lot of basketball writers and media personnel have put their spin on this possible deal and attempted to dismis or poison this as a bad move for the Lakers. With all things considered the Lakers have already made a few bad moves this season; beginning with signing Kapono, Murphy and holding on to Walton; a player the team does not play at all. Walton have moved from playing major minutes in Phil Jackson's triangle to reduced minutes in the same system to no minutes in Mike Brown's system. Ron Artest motion is like a cynder block with legs; his game has completely abandoned him; and if Fisher's game ever looked as if age has caught up with him; it really have shown age this season. With all things considered, Areanas would look damn good playing for the Lakers at this point. I agree with Kobe; he can't hurt anything considering how everyone else sitting on the bench has played and contributed. Guys like Gasol, Bynum want to say something other than what they are saying during interviews; not trying to have their real intent twisted by the media, but what they really want to say is "hell yeah sign Areanas."

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February 14, 2012  11:15 AM ET
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.. Arenas' character has been questioned on several occasions throughout his career, but Bryant expressed no concern about off-court problems resurfacing. "Everybody makes mistakes," insisted Bryant.isnt that the kettle calling the pot black???

why you bring black and white into this

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