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Report: Kobe Bryant backs Brian Shaw

Updated: April 9, 2011, 3:48 AM ET
ESPNLosAngeles.com

As Phil Jackson's repeated claims that he actually will retire after the season start to sink in, Kobe Bryant voiced his preference Friday for the successor to the Los Angeles Lakers' coach.

Bryant, saying that he was speaking for all of his teammates as well as himself, endorsed assistant coach Brian Shaw for the job, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.

"I feel all of the players believe in coach B-Shaw," Bryant told Yahoo! Sports on Friday morning. "We have such a rapport ...

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