Kobe Bryant Interview with Mike Trudell on TWCSportsNet

October 08, 2013 8:22 pm PDT

Mike Trudell and Kobe Bryant

Watch the full interview on TWCSportsNet.com

On Germany and his progress:
Just making sure I take care of everything. I haven’t had this much time off in a very, very long time. So, when I come back, I want to make sure I’m 100 percent.

On whether or not this treatment is routine for him:
I do it every now and then. This year, I haven’t had a chance to run so I don’t know how the knee is gonna hold up—if it’s gonna be sore or what. So instead of taking that chance in the middle of the season trying to disappear to Germany then, I figure I do it right now.

On Judy Seto:
She basically—I had her captive all summer. She just went with me everywhere I went. But I feel good, she’s obviously done an incredible job and I feel very fortunate to be where I’m at this stage.

On how the process/rehabilitation has been going all summer:
It’s going well. I feel good. Obviously I feel like I’m ahead of schedule. It’s about getting that range of motion back where I feel like I can run comfortably and the last stage is really the explosiveness and the muscle endurance andthat’ll come.

On what he’s seen from his teammates so far:
I’m pleased with it. I like the way that we’re playing, particularly on the defensive end, I feel like we’re playing with a lot of energy. I think now it’s just about measuring the game the right way and being able to see what’s in front of you and make those adjustments on the fly, and that’ll come.

On Pau Gasol:
He’ll be in his natural (position) and that’ll be a playmaker and facilitator and the scorer when there’s no double teams and he’ll be able to control the pace of the game a lot more, which is what he’s more comfortable doing.

On the next step in his rehabilitation:
Just keep grinding. Just keep working. Working hard every single day and I gotta get in shape too, because Ive been sitting on my butt now for a while so I gotta get up and get moving.