Thursday , May , 08 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant Wants to Stay with Los Angeles Lakers

A year ago, Kobe Bryant was ready to bolt.

Now, he’s prepared to stick with the Lakers for the rest of his NBA career.

"I would like to, absolutely," Kobe Bryant said during a formal news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce his selection as the NBA’s MVP.

For the first time since his demand to be traded last May, there were no qualifiers when he was asked about remaining with the Lakers. There was no talk about the business of basketball. Only a direct response to a direct question followed by a megawatt smile that brightened a dingy LAX hotel ballroom. [LA Daily News]