Kobe Bryant concedes that the length of time he has spent on the sidelines is beginning to take its toll on his patience, but the LA Lakers icon realises that 'you do what you got to do' in order to return to full fitness.
The 35-year-old has not played since the win over the Memphis Grizzlies on December 17, during which he sustained a fractured lateral tibial plateau - essentially his kneecap - and it has now been confirmed Bryant will miss an additional three weeks.
Bryant had previously been out of action for almost nine months after suffering a ruptured Achilles tendon during the 2012-13 NBA season, and made only six appearances for the Lakers before his most recent injury.
Due to the nature of the problem Bryant is currently restricted to non-weight-bearing exercises, which means he spends much of his rehab on the stationary bike. And it is something that is really beginning to grate on him.
"I'm ready to throw the bike in the damn pool right about now," Bryant told the LA Times. "But you do what you got to do."