Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles April 12, but the 34-year-old is paying no mind to the projected timetable for his return.
"My tendon feels really, really good. I was really lucky," Bryant said from the RMW Performing Arts Center in the Phillippines at a promotional appearance captured on YouTube.
Many stars before him have struggled to return to their pre-injury form, including Isiah Thomas, who tore his Achilles at age 32 and never returned. Dominique Wilkins was the same age and missed 283 days after the injury.
Bryant credited his team of physicians and trainers for his rapid recovery, saying he takes them with him on business trips, family vacations and "everywhere."
He's entering the final year of his contract with the Lakers and speculation has centered around Bryant taking a paycut in free agency in July 2013.
"The topic of leadership is a touchy one," Bryant said. "A lot of leaders fail because they don't have the bravery to touch that nerve or strike that chord. Throughout my years, I haven't had that fear."