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Bryant requests trade, then backs off

Updated: May 31, 2007, 4:41 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Lakers owner Jerry Buss spoke with Kobe Bryant on Thursday and said he told his frustrated superstar he would "pursue every avenue possible" to improve the team.

The conversation took place a day after Bryant asked to be traded, saying among other things he had been misled by Buss nearly three years ago when he re-signed with the Lakers.

"I talked with Kobe this morning and assured him that I share his frustration and, more importantly, I assured him that we will continue ...

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