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After the Lakers’ pre-season game in Las Vegas on Thursday night, world champion boxer Floyd Mayweather caught up with Kobe Bryant. The conversation between the two legends focussed around basketball, with Bryant discussing the Lakers’ trip to China and how the rules differ over there to the United States. The Black Mamba also appeared to tell Mayweather that he hopes to play in the NBA season opener on October 29. Bryant has yet to take part in a practice session with the team, but was recently given the green light to “ramp up” his workouts and revealed that he’d need just three weeks to get into game shape. Even so, the opener is just over two weeks away and it would surprise a lot of people if Kobe was ready to go by then. Then again, this is Kobe Bryant we’re talking about… Note: swearing can be heard in the video. H/T LakersNation .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } @media(min-width: 500px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 300px; height: 250px; } } @media(min-width: 800px) { .bottom-of-post-responsive { width: 336px; height: 280px; } }

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