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Lakers stand behind Kobe's promise

Updated: February 23, 2013, 8:39 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Steve Nash, Mike D'Antoni and Dwight Howard stood behind Kobe Bryant's guarantee that the Los Angeles Lakers will make the playoffs and be a factor when they get there.

"That's great," Nash said on Friday. "You love it when your best player has that confidence and that challenge. In a way, he's put it out for us to go get now."

Bryant said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he is certain the Lakers will make the playoffs. The 15-time All-Star ...

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