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Kobe Bryant 'feels good about where he is physically' and more from Day 1 of Lakers training camp

What did Kobe have to say after the first day of Lakers training camp in Hawaii?

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Kobe Bryant took part in the first day of his twentieth training camp today, and said "it feels good," to be back in Hawaii (where he participated in his first ever Los Angeles Lakers training camp). Bryant also noted that he has "felt like a local from day one" when asked if he felt like a local after participating in so many training camps on the islands. Bryant told assembled media after practice that the first day of training camp focused on "a lot of conditioning" and that he was "not really" limited physically, but allowed that he and the organization are "being smart" about making sure they are not using up unnecessary wear and tear on his body in practice.  To this effect, Bryant will also not be taking part in the one practice on each day the Lakers have two practices scheduled, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News. This activity limit also sounds like it will carry over to the preseason:

However, while Kobe did get worked on by the Lakers' training staff to end practice, all of this caution appears to be just preemptive:

Bryant also confirmed he did not have to go under the knife this summer:

Bryant is additionally optimistic that his minutes will not be as taxing as they have been in previous years when he was expected to carry the team:

And while Bryant sounds like he is feeling like the proverbial "old man in the club"...

... He still took time to bond with the Lakers' young guards, D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, after practice concluded, backing up what he said at media day about wanting to mentor the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Kobe praised Russell to the media after getting a chance to play with the rookie in an NBA practice for the first time:

It sounded like the rookie was a bit starstruck:

All in all, good times and good vibes to start off Lakers training camp.

All transcribed quotes via Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.

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