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Kobe Bryant confident in Lakers

Updated: February 22, 2013, 2:01 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Kobe Bryant evidently is confident the Los Angeles Lakers will make the playoffs -- and be a factor when they get there.

Bryant said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he is certain the struggling Lakers will make the playoffs. The 15-time All-Star also claimed he has "no fear" of any potential postseason opponent in the competitive Western Conference.

"It's not a question of if we make the playoffs. We will," Bryant told Sports Illustrated. "And when we get there, ...

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