Kobe Bryant: I feel fantastic

Phil Jackson suggested earlier this week that Kobe still needs some legwork after a hectic summer. The Lakers superstar presented a credible 27-minute rebuttal that seemed to prove he’s just all right.

Bryant led his team to a 108-104 victory over Spanish power FC Barcelona as part of two-day exhibition tournament. He scored a team-high 28 points on 10-for-14 shooting and then poked some fun on Jackson.

“It’s the other way around, to be honest with you. I think Phil’s a little tired,” Bryant said. “I feel fantastic.”

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol took center stage in an international theater, helping their respective countries to gold and silver finishes at the Beijing Olympics.

Bryant sat out a few practices the first week of training after feeling a twinge in his back.
Kobe is only shooting 36% in the pre-season and some are questioning if his long summer might have led to tired legs.