Kobe Bryant said in an interview on Brazilian television that he is fully healthy after rehabilitating two major injuries over the past two years, including a torn Achillies and a fractured knee.
"I'm 100%," Bryant said. "This summer I'm training really hard. The organization is working really hard to make sure we have a great team. It's the best time when people count you out."
Bryant will start a two-year, $48.5 million contract next season. He believes the Los Angeles Lakers are attempting to build a strong team.
"We only have three players from last year's team signed to contracts right now, including me. We don't have a coach. It's literally like starting from scratch," Bryant said. "It's not really what we have to do better than we did last year, since we have to build the right team to win.
"I only plan to play two more years. It would be great that my last year we can come to play a game here in Rio."