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Kobe Bryant is calculated

On the court or in the court of public opinion, Bryant has his reasons

Updated: February 21, 2012, 4:06 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Something's not adding up. It may be convenient to believe that all is right with the Los Angeles Lakers after their 103-92 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night. That a weight has been lifted off the franchise now that Kobe Bryant let Pau Gasol know that if nothing else, his teammates still have his back.

But something keeps sticking about the timing of Bryant's comments. Something that makes what should've been a simple show of affection and support ...

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