Laker's Kobe Bryant Optimistic About Return

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant is one of the fiercest competitor in the league. Little, if anything, will stop him from playing the game of basketball. Five months after having surgery to repair his Achilles, Bryant states that he is "feeling good", as reported by Dave McMenanim of ESPNLA.

Bryant has been rehabbing with a special, gravity-altered treadmill and has begun to participate in on-court activities. Although his timetable is still unknown, Bryant is confident about his return.
"Everybody was really concerned about this injury, and so was I, but the procedure and the therapy right afterwards and things like that really got me ahead of the curve," Bryant said. "So, it feels like the hard part's over."
"The mental aspect of it I don't concern myself too much with," said Bryant, who mentioned David Beckham, Mariano Rivera and Peyton Manning as other athletes who have fully returned from devastating injuries. "I can't do anything about it. If I'm going to hurt something, I'm going to hurt something so I don't waste my time really thinking about that. But, I do need to get in shape. I will get in shape. It doesn't take me too long to do that. I really work hard at it and when I get back out there on the court, I'll be good to go. I don't think I've ever really played a season where I'm 100 percent, so, 78 [percent] is fine."
Bryant has played through a variety of injuries, as he mentioned, so unlike Rose he will likely come back before he is completely ready. That's how his competitive nature works. Even with the absence of now Houston Rocket Dwight Howard, Bryant still has the aspiration of winning another NBA Championship. Did anybody expect anything less from him?

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