KOBE Bryant has confirmed that he is set to rejoin the Los Angeles Lakers much earlier than anticipated after sustaining a serious injury at the tail end of the last NBA season.
“I’m really ahead of schedule. It’s pretty remarkable,” said Bryant during Monday’s press conference ahead of his one-day tour to promote Lenovo smartphones.
The Lakers superstar suffered a torn Achilles heel in April and was expected to sit out at least six months, but online reports said Bryant is set on an August return.
Bryant credits his team of therapists and conditioning trainers for his quick recovery.
“I had a speedy surgery, a great therapy staff wherever I go this summer, and I have conditioning coaches as well. I just think training non-stop all summer and a combination of all those things helped,” said Bryant.
Bryant couldn't emphasize enough that winning a sixth NBA championship is still his top goal.
“I would say a sixth championship is my number one priority, sixth championship is number two, and sixth championship number three,” said Bryant, drawing laughter from mediamen.
Bryant, who will turn 35 on August 23, said that the Lakers did well in filling the gaps after center Dwight Howard decided to sign with the Houston Rockets, signing returnee Jordan Farmar and Wesley Johnson.
“I think we filled those voids. We added a couple of young players who have a lot of length and a lot of speed. It’s now a matter of time to learn using their individual skills the proper way. That’s one of the things we lacked, speed and perimeter,” said Bryant.