Kobe Bryant defends Kevin Garnett

Updated: February 10, 2011, 4:20 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

BOSTON -- Kobe Bryant sat on the scorer's table at the TD Garden after the Los Angeles Lakers shootaround Thursday and peered out onto the Boston Celtics' patented parquet floor.

"This is a great environment," Bryant said. "This is one of the best in the league."

A half dozen hours before the Lakers would return to the arena for their game against the East-leading Celtics, Bryant reflected on how the rivalry has changed.

Bill Russell vs. Wilt Chamberlain gave way to Larry ...

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