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Kobe Bryant says he’s ‘100 percent’

Jun 19, 2014, 12:29 AM EDT

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Kobe Bryant played just six games last season for the Lakers, after taking plenty of time to recover from a torn Achilles injury suffered near the end of the previous season, and then missing the rest of the year after dealing with a fracture in his left knee.

The Lakers have been moving extremely slowly in terms of finalizing anything for next season — there are only three players on the roster committed to guaranteed contracts, and there is no head coach currently in place. Bryant’s status will have a lot to do with how the team proceeds, and he believes that he’ll be back to his old self by the time next season is upon us.

This is precisely the reason that the Lakers have been so cautious in their offseason approach.

If Bryant is back to his normal self, which would mean being a capable scorer in the 25 points per game range, that’s something the franchise wouldn’t want to take for granted in terms of its rebuilding process.

A healthy Bryant is a player the Lakers would want to try to build around — if not specifically for next season, then certainly for the following year when so many free agents of interest would be hitting the open market.

L.A. is a franchise that can’t afford to go through an extended rebuilding process, and would prefer to put a winning product on the floor as quickly as possible. A healthy Kobe Bryant changes everything in that regard, so the news that he’s 100 percent this far from the beginning of training camp is great — but it does put additional pressure on the front office to assemble an immediately capable roster.

  1. asimonetti88 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Really quite an interesting interview. He’s healthy, he doesn’t see a lot of great coaches out there and he likes Barca.

    • kwhyh8strm - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Even if he is 100 per cent, the rest of the team is less than 50. The Lakers are a long way
      from contending for a championship!!

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

        Agree… and wouldn’t it be nice if they had another $12 million or so to spend on strengthening their roster? To add depth?

  2. davidly - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    One-hundred percent of what? — would be the pertinent question. A one-hundred percent KB at 36, two years after a serious injury might be worth a solid 25 a game. That’d be great. I mean, at this point, forget championships, just go on a farewell tour of abusing the opposition by dropping nickels two times a week. I hope he’s all of that.

    • therealhtj - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      As a general rule, Lakers coming off injury should be banned from attending the World Cup.

    • apkyletexas - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM

      I hope he is 100 percent healthy – and gets to enjoy every Laker loss from the court this year, instead of from a seat behind the bench.

  3. money2long - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:13 AM

    The mambaaaaaaaa.
    I have missed you.
    Come back to the game. It needs you.

  4. imthedudedude - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:35 AM

    100% going to ruin the lakers next 2 seasons.

    • ranfan12 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:57 AM

      lakers fo ruined the lakers if that’s the case

  5. onbucky96 - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    Kobe, The Most Over-Rated Player in the NBA. How great is he, just ask him, he’ll tell you. Or his minstrels on ESPN, they’ll yell at the top of their lungs how great Sir Kobe is, and how “he deserves a say” in who the Lakers Head Coach will be. Retire already.

    • teabone413 - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:02 AM

      keep talking…. just solidifies how ignorant you are.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:16 AM

        exactly. he’s NOT the most overrated player in the league… that’s Melo.

        then comes Kobe…

    • m4a188 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      They’re going to keep sucking on his straw long after he’s washed up and retired.

  6. 00maltliquor - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Can’t wait for Kobe to come back and put everyones feet back in their mouths. Heeeee’s baaaaack!

    • therealhtj - Jun 19, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Like he did every year after 2010?

  7. thevikesarebest - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:19 AM

    That’s cute,maybe the la losers can win 30 games next season.even that might be a reach but we will see.

    • ranfan12 - Jun 19, 2014 at 4:56 AM

      you’ve lost the jar you keep your marbles in apparently lol

    • loungefly74 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:11 AM

      Lakers, no doubt, have an uphill climb. lots of things need to break their way: health, #7 pick pans out, solid FA’s, good coach…but we will see…

  8. lakerade - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    I’m 100% ready. The two year plan is very real.

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      gonna need MORE than two years…

      see, they were 27 & 55 last season…

      OH, you mean getting back to .500 in two years?

      OK, that MIGHT be possible…

      my bad.

      • mogogo1 - Jun 19, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        With their current ownership there is no real “plan.” Just a series of wild ideas. My prediction is that Kupchak will be out of there in a couple years, either of his own accord or after being blamed for all Buss-the-Younger’s bad ideas.

  9. sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 7:18 AM

    Wonderful news to hear he’s back at 100%…

    Now there can’t be any excuses…

    • cruzan80 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      Especially if they get suckered into a trade for the most overrated player in the league Kevin “I can’t get my team into the playoffs ever but my stats are awesome” Love.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        Well, there are others on the team…

        Love’s stats are better than Melo’s…

        Higher true shooting percentage.

        Higher career PER

        Higher free throw percentage.

        MORE than doubles Melo in rebounds per 36 min’s of court time

        More points per shot.

        I guess Love could try to do a little worse, get himself down to Melo’s level and see if that helps his teams get into the playoffs…

        You’re correct in that Love’s teams have NOT made the playoffs…

        But, Love has PRODUCED MORE than Melo has on the court for their careers.

    • imakcds - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      Kobe NEVER uses excuses.
      Can the best player in the game, LeBron say the same???????

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        Kobe, Melo, LBJ are all wannabe’s…

        MJ is the GOAT…

        Timmy’s career > Kobe’s career

  10. emdawt - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Basketball is probably the only sport where its fans actively root for superstars to fail and re-injure themselves.

    Kobe is a great. Basketball fans should root for him to be successful in his return as a top player.

  11. harshedmellow - Jun 19, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    I’m 100% as I type this, but if I tried to play hoops again I’d be hurt soon enough. So it will be for Kobe. He’s hit the wall; it’s sad to see it happen to elite athletes but it’s as predictable as the setting sun.

    Watch video of his two recent major injuries. They were just him making a basketball move. He’s brittle now and all the willpower in the world won’t change that.


  12. 88heatnation - Jun 19, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Kobe carried the lakers for the past decade, he has the most will in all of sports and committed to getting back unlike d(iminished)rose, what ever happened to heart

  13. scoochpooch - Jun 21, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Kobe Bryant says he’s ’100 percent’…except he’s not and never will be again.
    Unbelievable career just have to pack it in after this upcoming season.

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