So, says Bryant, will the Lakers. An NBA Finals duel like the one he had with James down the stretch of the All-Star game seems out of reach this season. Yet the way Bryant defended shows he’s ready for the challenge.
‘‘My switch never went off. It was on all weekend,’’ he said. ‘‘It was good to see the guys but at the same time there was an undercurrent that went on during the first half of the season that I won’t let go. Come Wednesday, we have to be ready to go.’’
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