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Lakers' Byron Scott: Kobe Bryant has begun lifting weights
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com

Kobe Bryant is intent on playing for the Lakers in 2015. And it appears he may be ahead of schedule. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, Lakers coach Byron Scott said that Bryant has started to lift weights while "going back to his old way of working out." That's a good sign that Bryant could be ready for the beginning of the 2015-16 season, which Bryant previously said he'd return by

Bryant is still recovering from a shoulder injury that ended his 2014-15 season early. It's the third consecutive season he's suffered an injury that ended his year prematurely. 

Bryant was averaging 22.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game before this season's injury. 

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Lakers' Kobe Bryant says he'll 'be ready to go' next season
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

As Lakers guard Kobe Bryant continues to progress from shoulder surgery, he said he plans on being avaialble when next season starts, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.

"I'll be ready to go," Bryant said. "I'll do my regiment and be ready to go."

Bryant is dealing with a season-ending injury for the third consecutive year and described the rehab process as 'very boring,' but said he is progressing.

"I'm good. I've danced this dance before. I'm being patient and doing what I can everyday," Bryant said. "I don't have much pain in it. The range of motion is very good. But they want me to play it safe and make sure it's in place with where it should be."

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Lakers' Kobe Bryant returns to bench at request of Byron Scott
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant underwent season-ending shoulder surgery in January but was back on the team's bench Sunday for the first time since the procedure.

Coach Byron Scott said he spoke with Bryant recently and requested he attend the team's home games, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"It was good to see him out here. Good to see him with this teammates," Scott said of Bryant. "I'm sure it was good for the fans to see him as well."

Bryant said Sunday he's able to do more with his rehab from this injury than he was with last year's Achilles issue.

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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant progressing through rehab
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant is beginning to get back in the gym. Bryant said during Sunday's game he is able to do more with this injury as opposed to the Achilles injury last year.

"I can move around a lot better and I feel strong. I can start running pretty soon, lifting weights, getting my legs strong, whereas the last few injuries I haven't been able to," Bryant said.

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Kobe Bryant on 2007 trade request: Bulls were 'my No. 1 choice'
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

While making an appearance on ESPN's "The Grantland Basketball Hour," Kobe Bryant acknowledged that he requested a trade from the Lakers back in 2007, though a prospective deal never materialized.

"Chicago was my No. 1 choice," Bryant said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Lakers were in discussions with the Bulls but were hung up on the inclusion of forward Luol Deng, who is now a member of the Heat. Bryant also revealed that he declined a prospective deal with the Pistons that included Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and several draft picks. Detroit was not among the teams on his trade list.

"I gave you a list of teams I'm comfortable being traded to," Bryant recalled. "Not Detroit."

The Lakers would eventually won back-to-back titles with Bryan and Pau Gasol in 2009 and 2010. Bryant is seeking a "career rebirth" despite being limited to 41 games the last two seasons due to injury. He's scheduled to make $25 million next season -- his 20th season with the Lakers.

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