ESPN Brazil spoke with Lakers star Kobe Bryant about his recovery from surgery to repair the torn Achilles tendon that he suffered in April. Bryant’s getting help from someone who has dealt with the injury in the past: David Beckham. From the LA Times‘ transcript of the interview:
“Becks and I have grown to be pretty close since he’s been playing in Los Angeles for [the Galaxy] the last five years,” said Bryant in a video interview with ESPN.com.br on Friday while vacationing in Brazil (link in Portuguese).
“He and I talked for quite a bit about his process, and his recovery,” Kobe said. “He hasn’t had any issues with it since. He’s won several championships since the injury, so I’m pretty encouraged by that.”
Beckham tore his Achilles in 2010 but only missed five months of action after surgery. Bryant has expressed a desire to make it for the season opener, six months after his surgery. NBA players typically miss six to nine months with the injury.
So you might say Bryant is trying to bend his recovery time. Bend it like … never mind.
(Side note: the fact that Bryant calls Beckham “Becks” is maybe the most obnoxious thing that I can possbly imagine between two celebrities. “Hey, Becks!” “Hey, Kobes!” Gag.)