It has been a rough couple of season for Los Angeles Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant.
With the 2012-2013 season winding down, Bryant tore his Achilles and was forced to miss the postseason. Last season, Bryant barely saw the court before the Lakers decided to shut him down for the season.
According to the Sports Exchange, Bryant says he is 100-percent healthy.
Bryant, who suffered a season-ending left knee fracture back in December, gave a brief TV interview Wednesday in Brazil, where he is taking in the World Cup.
“Oh, yeah. I’m 100 percent,” Bryant said when asked by the interviewer about his health. “One hundred percent.”
Bryant, 35, also discussed the Lakers’ 2013-14 season in which they stumbled to a 27-55 mark, the worst finish since the franchise moved to California from Minneapolis in 1960. It led to Mike D’Antoni’s resignation, leaving the Lakers in the market for a new head coach and holding the No. 7 pick in next Thursday’s 2014 NBA draft.
“It’s a very, very tough season, but you know, what’s life without a few challenges?” Bryant said. “You know, you’ve got to have a few challenges. This summer, I’m training really hard. The organization’s working really hard to make sure we have a great team.”
Bryant appeared in only six games last season, averaging 13.1 points, 6.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 42.5% from the field, 18.8% from beyond the arc and 85.7% from the free throw line. In his storied career, he has averaged 25.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 45.4% from the field, 33.5% from three and 83.8% from the charity stripe.