Bryant expected to attend training camp in Hawaii

Updated: August 20, 2003, 1:37 AM ET

HONOLULU -- Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is expected to be in attendance when veterans report to training camp in Hawaii in October, a team spokesman said Tuesday.

"It is our understanding that he will be there and he will participate," spokesman John Black said by telephone from Los Angeles.

Black said the team has not heard otherwise from Bryant or his agent and is preparing for camp accordingly.

Bryant, 24, is charged with sexual assault of a 19-year-old woman at an Edwards, Colo., hotel June 30. Bryant has said the two had consensual sex. The NBA star is due to return to Colorado for a preliminary hearing Oct. 9.

The Lakers, who last held training camp in Hawaii in 2001, open camp on Sept. 30. Veterans including Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal and newcomers Karl Malone and Gary Payton are scheduled to report Oct. 2.

The Lakers face Golden State in exhibition games Oct. 7 and 8 before returning to Los Angeles on Oct. 9.

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