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Isaiah Thomas on playing for Lakers again without Kobe being here

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The new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Isaiah Thomas, who grew close to Kobe Bryant over his time in the NBA, talked about how he thought of Bryant after getting the call from the Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka yesterday. He lamented how he couldn’t text Kobe to discuss the moment, to get advice. But it means a ton to him to wear the jersey: “It’s just weird he’s not here at all. … When Rob called me the first thing I thought about was Kobe [Bryant].”

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