Lakers' Bryant says he’s eager to play after extension

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WASHINGTON — Wearing his practice shorts and a sweatshirt, Kobe Bryant looked as if he was ready to return action.

After the Los Angeles Lakers signed the fourth-leading scoring in NBA history to a two-year contract extension, Bryant said he can’t wait to play.

“The Lakers came up with the structure — a system and a plan they thought was a win-win for everybody involved. From my perspective, it was very easy to accept it,” Bryant said.

In what he says will probably be his final contract, Bryant says there was no negotiation.

Bryant’s new deal is reportedly worth $48.5 million, and it takes him into his 20th season with the Lakers.

He hasn’t played this season while recovering from surgery in April on a torn Achilles tendon.

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