Kobe: I’m Playing This Season, My “Plan Hasn’t Changed”


Kobe Bryant has always been perceived as a stubborn player, so why should he change anything now.

Bryant has been sideline with a left knee fracture since December 17, and has missed the Lakers past 26 games.  So even as he watches his team continue to fall further out of the playoff picture, Bryant told reporters that “his plan hasn’t changed,” and he “intends to play this season.”

“My plan hasn’t changed,” Bryant said Sunday at an event to promote his newest signature sneaker, the Nike Kobe 9 Elite Masterpiece. “I’m just going about it every single day just trying to get better. That’s my job. My job is to get my butt back out there on the court when I’m healthy enough to play and that hasn’t changed.”

Bryant is scheduled to be re-evaluated after the All-Star Game, but wouldn’t give an estimate on his return.

“That I don’t know,” Bryant said. “It’s completely out of my control. I really got to sit here and just wait until this thing heals up and then go out there and do what I do.”