Case still pending as camp opens Sept. 30

HONOLULU -- Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, facing a sexual assault charge in Colorado, is expected to report to the Lakers' training camp in Hawaii in early 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

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 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. 7-8 before returning to Los Angeles on Oct. 9.