The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard said he's well prepared and ready for next season.
Kobe Bryant says his injured knee has fully recovered, and that he and the Los Angeles Lakers are gearing up for a big year after the worst season since the franchise moved to California in 1960.
"I'm 100 per cent," the former MVP said during an interview in Brazil, where he is watching the World Cup. "This summer I'm training really hard and the organisation's working really hard to make sure we have a great team."
"That's the best time, when people count you out."
Bryant is clearly using the view held my many within NBA circles that he is a spent force as a player as motivation for the upcoming season. Although his body appears to be finally breaking down after 18 years in the league, he is the arguably fiercest competitor in sports and will stop at nothing to win his sixth NBA championship.
It will be tough with the current state of the Lakers. The franchise only has three players under contract for next season, and their hopes of a title will rely on the team's long-held ability to attract star player to Los Angeles.
Bryant has faith in the Lakers' management team, and believes they can put together a contending team for next year.
"It will be a very, very tough season, but what's life without a few challenges?" he said. "It's literally like starting from scratch. It's not really what we have to do better than last year, it's just that we have to build the right team to win."