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Kobe Bryant: 'I Feel Like I'm Ahead of Schedule'

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Kobe Bryant is feeling optimistic about his health coming off of his Achilles injury from late last season.

"I feel good," Bryant told TWC SportsNet's Mike Trudell during the Lakers preseason game against the Denver Nuggets yesterday. "Obviously I feel like I’m ahead of schedule."

Bryant, 35, returned from Germany on Tuesday where he underwent a platelet-rich plasma treatment known as Orthokine on his right knee. This treatment is unavailable in the United States.

Bryant has repeatedly told reporters he was unsure of his status on the season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 29. He said that he was focused on his rehabilitation. "I gotta get in shape too, because I've been sitting on my butt now for a while so I gotta get up and get moving," he said.

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Bryant ruptured his Achilles tendon late last season and underwent surgery soon thereafter.

The video of the interview can be found on Time Warner Cable SportsNet's website.