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While he is delighted to see all the best teams in action, he believes Brazil will be hard to beat in this summer’s competition because of home advantage and Germany will also do well. "It's not easy to face Brazil in their own country,” the 35-year-old is quoted as saying by AS. “I'd like to see a final with both Brazil and Argentina in it. “Germany also seem very strong this year and a really hard opponent to beat." Goal.com

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"How is your knee? Are you prepared for next season?" the interviewer asks. "Oh, yeah. I'm 100 percent," Bryant replies. "One hundred percent." Yahoo! Sports

Kobe Bryant's knee is fully healed, according to the Lakers All-Star guard, currently in Brazil to watch the World Cup. "I'm 100%," said Bryant in an interview on Brazilian television. "This summer I'm training really hard. The organization is working really hard to make sure we have a great team. It's the best time when people count you out." Los Angeles Times

Instead, Bryant appeared more bothered about a certain rival named Tim Duncan tying him for NBA championships after the San Antonio Spurs beat the 2014 Finals against the Miami Heat. Duncan appears in great position to win a sixth ring next season to eclipse Bryant. “If you ask me if I’m okay with Tim doing it, I’m not,” Bryant said. “I’m not okay with that.” Los Angeles Daily News

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In an interview with ESPN, Bryant took exception to comments Klinsmann made in which he criticized what he sees as an American custom of sports teams catering to their star players. "I thought it was pretty funny," Bryant said in Brazil, where he's taking in three World Cup matches. "I thought it was pretty comical, actually. I see his perspective. But the one perspective that he's missing from an ownership point of view is that you want to be part of an ownership group that is rewarding its players for what they've done, while balancing the team going forward. If you're another player in the future and you're looking at the Lakers organization, you want to be a part of an organization that takes care of its players while at the same time, planning for the future." ESPN.com

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United States national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has come under some heat for comments he made to the New York Times about Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. When speaking about his decision to leave Landon Donovan of the U.S. World Cup roster, Klinsmann drew comparisons to the aging Laker. “Kobe Bryant, for example — why does he get a two-year contract extension for $50 million? Because of what he is going to do in the next two years for the Lakers? Of course not. Of course not. He gets it because of what he has done before. It makes no sense. Why do you pay for what has already happened?” For The Win

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Parker made an appearance on Highly Questionable with Dan Le Batard recently and was asked about Kobe. Although Smush was clearly tired of the subject, he did say the following about the five-time NBA champion: “He told me one day at practice — I tried to talk to him outside of basketball about football. And he looked at me in practice and was dead serious and said, ‘You can’t talk to me. You need more accolades under your belt before you come talk to me.” Lakers Nation

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Nash's stance is the opposite of that of fellow future Hall of Fame backcourt mate Kobe Bryant, who already has publicly pined for a seat at the table when it comes to deciding who will be roaming the sidelines for L.A. next season. Nash, entering his 19th and presumably final season in the fall, said he would not seek out general manager Mitch Kupchak as the Lakers continue to conduct interviews. "I'm completely happy to have a conversation," Nash said. "But I'm also fine having nothing to do with it." ESPN.com

Today, it's the Jordan Comparisons, and really only two players deal with them: Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. "Any time I hear my name or our team in the same breath with legends and great teams and franchises, it's so humbling, man," James said when told of the latest comparison. "It's like — I really don't know." The admiration he has for Jordan is obvious. "Me and (Heat star Dwyane Wade) grew up watching the great Chicago Bulls team and the great Michael Jordan and the rest of those guys," James said. USA Today Sports

"I'm jealous of Tim," Kobe Bryant tells ESPN.com, "playing for the same historically great coach for his entire career." "When you look at what Russell and Auerbach did, now that's a whole different stratosphere," says ESPN's Avery Johnson, former point guard and captain for Popovich, as well as Duncan's former teammate. "It was a different time. But I will say this: They're not far behind. "They were not in a Boston or a Chicago, like Michael [Jordan] and Phil [Jackson], or an L.A. You're talking about doing what they did in San Antonio." ESPN.com

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