Case still pending as camp opens Sept. 30

Updated: August 20, 2003, 11:31 AM ET
Associated Press

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 Angeles.

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.

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