Kobe Bryant says he's 'only a phone call away' if Lakers need him

Bryant reportedly isn't looking to take a formal position in the Lakers front office, but is still available to his former team.

Kobe Bryant hasn't been a Laker for almost a year, but he'llalways be available to his former team.

The Lakers great saidhe's easy to reach if the franchise needs him, even after president Magic Johnson hired Byrant's formeragent Rob Pelinka as general manager earlier this month.

"The Lakers are my family," Bryant told theLos Angeles Times. "I’ll always be available for Jeanie [Buss] and the whole organization. They know I’m only a phone call away."

While he reportedly isn't looking for a formalposition in the Lakers front office, Bryantwon't turn down an opportunity to help out the franchise with which he spent his entire 20-year career. For now, it seems he'll stick to attending team-related events while he continues to enjoy his retirement.

Bryant returned toStaples Center onFriday for the first time since his last game with the Lakers last April 13 to attend former teammate Shaquille O’Neal'sstatue unveiling outside the arena. The dynamic duo famously feuded amid the Lakers'three consecutiveNBA championships before O'Neal was traded,but have since rebuilt their relationship.

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