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Lakers rumors: Kobe Bryant says he will return to LA Lakers this season

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Lakers rumors have Kobe Bryant very confident about a return. These latest LA Lakers rumors come from Bryant himself, who was responding to comments that he might be out for the year. According to a report from Yahoo! late Wednesday (Dec. 25), the former NBA MVP expects to return in time to help his team make a push for the postseason.

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Addressing the injury to his knee, Bryant stated, "It's going to heal and be as strong as it ever was. I was fortunate that it wasn't a meniscus [tear] or anything else. There is nothing that I have to really do from a recovery standpoint other than to let the bone heal and the fracture heal." He also admitted that during his recover for the knee that it will give him more time to heal the Achilles that he tore last August.

In just six games this season, he has averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. He had started to show signs of improvement right when he got hurt against the Toronto Raptors, giving fantasy basketball owners a horrible Christmas present. Despite some LA Lakers rumors suggesting he has contemplated shutting it down to recuperate for the rest of the season, it definitely appears like he is going to step back on the court as soon as he can.

Fantasy owners will simply have to stash him on the bench for now, because he could be a huge second-half push for the team that owns him down the stretch. Especially if Los Angeles has to do well down the stretch to get into the top eight seeds in the Western Conference.

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