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Kobe Bryant defends Lakers' defense

Updated: January 26, 2011, 11:30 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant wasn't about to disparage Jerry West for saying the Los Angeles Lakers are "getting long in the tooth." He just begged to differ.

West, a Hall of Fame player and former Lakers general manager, suggested last week at a speech in Orange County that there's a connection between the Lakers' age and their consistency on defense.

Ten of the Lakers are 30 or older, including starters Bryant (32), Derek Fisher (36), Ron Artest (31) and Pau Gasol (30).

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