LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant is on the sidelines once again just six games since his return from serious long-term injury, but the NBA icon claims only 'an idiot' would doubt he will be able to reach peak fitness once again.
It was confirmed on Thursday that Bryant had suffered a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau - essentially his kneecap - against the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this week and will be unavailable for selection for another six weeks.
Only earlier in December had Bryant finally made his way back onto the court after eight months out with a torn Achilles tendon, which he had sustained playing against Golden State Warriors last season.
Naturally, given his advanced 35 years, some are questioning if Bryant has the physical capacity to return to his best after yet another setback, and the shooting guard has been emphatic in his response.
"Only an idiot would," Bryant told Yahoo Sports when asked if people would doubt his resolve to come back again.
Another injury to Bryant is a headache coach Mike D'Antoni does not need right now with his frontcourt looking decidedly thin at present. Steve Nash is out with a bad back, Jordan Farmar has a hamstring complaint, while Steve Blake is absent with elbow damage.
Up next for the Lakers will be the Minnesota Timberwolves on and D'Antoni must contemplate putting out a team with only two fit guards on the roster.