This is why Lakers fans should be optimistic about Kobe

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Kobe Bryant knows what it is like to overcome a long-term injury following the eight months he missed with a ruptured Achilles tendon, and it gives the LA Lakers icon reason to be optimistic about his latest issue.

The 35-year-old has not played for the Lakers since late December after he sustained a fractured kneecap against the Memphis Grizzlies and, it was confirmed on Tuesday, he will be out for at least another three weeks.

Bryant had made only six appearances since his return from the Achilles problem that had kept him out since April last season but, he says, he is feeling reasonably positive about his knee injury given the tribulations of the recent past.

"I've been through worse," he told the LA Times. "The Achilles was much, much worse ... With the Achilles, I couldn't move at all.

"With this one, at least I can walk around a little bit, at least I can do the bike, do something active. Just trying to find the positive in it."

Bryant is currently restricted to non-weight-bearing exercise during his rehabilitation, with the NBA legend spending most of his time training on a stationary bike.

He is set to miss seven more Lakers games before being reassessed by Dr Steve Lombardo.

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