Bryant describes earlier talk about trade as 'venting'

Updated: July 6, 2007, 8:33 AM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Although he didn't rescind his trade request, Kobe Bryant softened his stance somewhat Thursday night, saying he had apologized to Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak in person for the way he handled his upset feelings five weeks ago.

"I just felt like as a man, it was important for me to tell him, 'I'm sorry it came out that way,' " Bryant said at a lightly attended news conference at Loyola Marymount, where he spoke mainly about his camp ...

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