Kobe Reiterates Desire To Stay With Lakers
In an interview with Yahoo! Sports, Kobe Bryant said he wants to stay with the Lakers and intends to finish his career with them.
“I don’t have any feeling about [leaving] whatsoever,” Bryant said, addressing speculation that he might request a trade. “I’ve been here for 16 years. I’m going to up and leave now?”
Bryant also talked about his surgically repaired knee, declaring himself healthy after a medical procedure last summer in Germany.
“I’m not a big medicine, techie guy,” Bryant said. “But I know my knee feels 90 percent better. My understanding was that the guy who invented it … [Germany] is where he’s from and where his home base is. So I didn’t want to go someplace else where he had to move his equipment. If I am going to do it, I want to do it right and do it in the place where he is most comfortable doing it.
“I can run. I can jump. I can run the track. I can lift weights the way I want to lift weights. I can practice every day. Those are things I couldn’t do last year.”