Former Heat players introduced

Updated: July 16, 2004, 10:09 PM ET
Associated Press

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- As the three players acquired from the Miami Heat for Shaquille O'Neal completed the formal portion of their introductory news conference, they were warmly greeted by a new teammate.

Kobe Bryant.

A day after signing a seven-year, $136.4 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant made another trip to team headquarters from his Newport Beach home -- a drive of about an hour each way through Friday traffic.

The center of attention a day ...

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