On Tuesday, Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant, who is still recovering from his torn Achilles and hasn’t played in a game this season, talked to the media to address the two-year, $48.5 million contract extension the Lakers gave him.
Although Bryant originally believed he could be back before the end of the November, that doesn’t appear to be the case any more.
Bryant told reporters he was grateful the Lakers signed him when he is “probably weeks” away from making a return to the court.
“I’ve been fortunate,” Bryant said via Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles. “I’ve been very, very lucky. Very blessed. It’s very hard in terms of cap restrictions and things of that nature for a group of players to stay together for a long period of time, or one player to stay with one team for a long period of time. You just don’t see it that often. So I feel very, very blessed and very fortunate to be a Laker for life.”
Before he was injured last season, the 35-year old Bryant averaged 27.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.6 rebounds per game.