Kobe Bryant gave a frank and perhaps overly honest answer to a reporter this week while he was visiting Brazil - revealing that sex is an integral part of his training regime at the Los Angeles Lakers.
With several managers of international soccer sides having stated that they had imposed a ban on sex for their players during the 2014 tournament, the reporter was keen to hear if Bryant and his fellow NBA stars adhered to the same rule during the business end of the season:
"No, no. Actually for me it's the opposite," said the 16-time all-star.
Off the court support
Bryant went on to hint that the support he receives of the court has helped him to perform to such a high level over the past decade:
"My wife takes good care of me, so it's almost a part of our training programme," Bryant continued with a wry smile.
Bryant's wife, Vanessa, whom he married in November 2001, actually filed for divorce from the LA Lakers legend back in 2011 only for the pair to reconcile their differences and simultaneously announce that the divorce had been called off via social media in January 2013.
They have two daughters, Natalia and Gianna.
Bryant didn't have to call on the type of support he hinted at above during last season however, having missed much of the campaign due to various injury complaints.
The Lakers legend appeared in only six regular-season games with a knee injury curtailing his season before the turn of the year.
The Lakers capitulated in Kobe'a absence, with the team struggling to an awful 27-55 record under the stewardship of the now departed Mike D'Antoni.
World Cup Ban
Bryant has been enjoying a number of games at the World Cup, having been present at Netherlands - Spain as well as Brazil - Mexico, and he will be disappointed to find out that the latter nation are going against his training regime.
Mexico head coach Miguel Herrera told the media prior to his team's arrival in Brazil that "Forty days of sexual abstinence is not going to hurt anyone."
Germany, Ghana, and Chile are also under a sex embargo during the month long competition.
You can see Kobe's interview in full via this link with the 35-year-old in great form as he enjoyed his time away from the NBA limelight.
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