This is bad news for the rest of the league.
ESPN: Kobe Bryant is back at 100 percent. If you believe him.
Immediately after the Los Angeles Lakers’ 107-83 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, Bryant told a FOX Sports West reporter during an interview shown on the Staples Center video board that he is all the way back from offseason surgery to his right knee and didn’t want to be asked about it again.
Bryant was later asked if his statement was accurate by reporters in the locker room and he stood by it.
“Yes, so leave me the hell alone about my [expletive] knee,” Bryant said.
Lakers coach Phil Jackson saw it another way.
“I’m pleased with the progress of Kobe, it looks like his offense is coming along,” Jackson said after Bryant scored 20 points on efficient 8 of 16 shooting. “Defensively he is still working on some things that he has to get done with his strength and base.
“He’s not 100 percent, but that’s nice of him to say it.”
Bryant did not care for Jackson’s assessment.
“I’m 100 percent, I don’t give a [expletive] what he says,” Bryant said with a laugh. “Leave me alone about my knee. I’m fine.”