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Lakers' Kobe Bryant preaches practice

November 7, 2008 |  6:30 pm


The NBA season is a long one if you get through to the playoffs. And the Lakers' Kobe Bryant knows this, knows what it is going to take to get to the playoffs, to the finals, and to win the finals.

As The Times' Broderick Turner reports from today's practice, Bryant doesn't want his teammates to become complacent because of their 4-0 start, or to not put in a high-level effort in practice every time out.

"That's our message for the week ... we can either be good or we can be great," Bryant said.

Meanwhile, on the Lakers Blog, Andrew Kamenetzky writes about how Sasha Vujacic got in a little work after practice and how that affected Sun Yue, bringing to mind the legendary Buster Keaton. The blog post includes a montage of clips from Keaton's films.

Finally, below is Phil Jackson's session with reporters in which he discusses the Lakers' upcoming games. The Houston Rockets come to town for a game  Sunday. Then the Lakers head out of town, first to Dallas and then New Orleans. Listen to what Phil had to say.

-- Debbie Goffa

Photo: Kobe Bryant waits on the court during a break in the game against the Clippers on Wednesday night. Credit: Stephen Dunn / Getty Images