"I think it's the young guys' turn to play and perform," Bryant said Saturday before the
Bryant related a recent conversation he had with
"He comes up to me and goes, 'Hey, I'll see you in Rio.' I just turned around and went, 'Nah,'" Bryant said. "As beautiful as it would be to play for our country, when I say my last game is going to be my last game [and] I'm going to retire, then that's it. I'm not going to, like, walk off the stage and then, 'Buuuut I'm going to come right back for a minute.' I think it's pretty sweet to have my final game be in a Laker uniform."
Of course, there was also the issue of whether Bryant would even make the U.S. team. And if he did, which player would have been left off the roster?
Bryant, 37, has been bothered this season by soreness in his shoulder and, more recently, his Achilles. His scoring average isn't bad (17 points before Saturday) but he is shooting only 34.8%.
The Lakers' season finale is April 13 against Utah at
The distressed tweet came at almost 2 a.m. Friday.
Jordan Clarkson was, um, worried.
"Hotel haunted huh?" he wrote on Twitter, adding that his room lights were "cutting off" by themselves.
"I was washing my hands and the water turned on, so I was scared," Russell said Saturday, adding it wasn't a sensor faucet. "You were supposed to turn the knob for the water to come out. I was scared."
The Claremont Club & Spa, a luxury resort that opened in 1915, made
"I heard a baby in his room. There was somebody or something in his room, yeah," Duncan told the San Antonio Express-News.
Clarkson promised he wasn't one to freak out easily. But he really thought the hotel was haunted too.
"The lights cut off. Not the one in the restroom, not the automatic," he said Saturday. "The top light. That's a switch thing."
Clarkson left his room for a while and eventually returned.
"I started watching movies and then finally fell asleep," he said.
He obviously didn't watch horror flicks.
"I turned on Disney Channel for a little while," he said.
The Lakers' hotel in Salt Lake City apparently wasn't haunted.
"This one's cool," Clarkson said. "I'm all right here."
LAKERS NEXT UP
When: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Staples Center.
On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Records: Lakers 9-32,
Record vs. Rockets: 0-2.
Update: Houston continues to underachieve, scoring only 77 points in a loss Friday to Cleveland. Rockets center