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Kobe Bryant benched briefly, unhappy

Updated: March 26, 2012, 7:04 PM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant said he was unhappy after being benched in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' 102-96 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday night, but he tempered his recounting of the event.

"Of course I was," Bryant told reporters when asked if he was upset about the benching.

Bryant hesitated to elaborate. "Not really," he said at first when asked if he could speak about the substitution, but went on to support Lakers coach Mike Brown when further pressed about ...

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