Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is still surprised his team was able to acquire Carlos Boozer.

"Fortunately for us and unexpectedly for us, our bid was the highest bid and we were awarded Carlos," Kupchak said Friday during Boozer's introductory news conference. "Not for a second did we think that he'd be available to us."

L.A. landed Boozer with a $3.25 million bid shortly after the 13-year veteran was waived by the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty provision.

Boozer, recalling a recent conversation with Kobe Bryant, said the goal is to keep the surprises coming next season.

" 'Just come ready,' " Boozer said, sharing Bryant's message to him. " 'Come ready to lead. Come ready to surprise some people.' "

Boozer is hoping to replicate the success he and Bryant had together at the 2008 Olympics, taking home the gold for the U.S. in Beijing.

While it will be a tall order for the Lakers, coming off a miserable 27-55 season, to qualify for the postseason, let alone compete for a championship, Boozer is optimistic about the Lakers' chances.

"I think that we can take advantage of it with our lineup that we have," Boozer said. "We have a lot of athleticism, a lot of young guys and we also got Kobe coming back, which I'm excited to be playing with him."

Boozer, 32, described himself as a "spring chicken" and gave a positive review of Bryant, who will turn 36 next month.

"He's doing great," Boozer said of Bryant. "He said he feels healthy and he's motivated."

Kupchak was similarly bullish about Boozer's health.