"It doesn't matter what anybody else is saying. That's the goal that we have," he said Saturday.
Bryant, though, wouldn't be healthy enough to take part in the Lakers' first practice of training camp, talking to reporters and eventually ducking back inside the underbelly of the team's El Segundo facility.
He is still recovering from a torn Achilles' tendon and has started running on a special "anti-gravity" treadmill that allows him to essentially decrease his weight with an air-pressure chamber that envelops his lower body and reduces his running impact.
His next step will be to run on the court, but that's more likely to be weeks away, not days, meaning he won't take part in many pre-season practices.
It's not like he needs it. But even Bryant admits he's not in game shape yet. The Lakers begin the season Oct. 29 against the Clippers.
"It won't take me long to do that," he said. "When I get back out there on the court, I'll be good to go. I don't think I've ever played a season where I was 100%. So, like, 78% is fine."
Will 78% be enough for the Lakers?
By all accounts, Nash seems recovered from the
Everybody wanted to know about Bryant, though, and he was willing to share.
His thoughts on
His thoughts on who will pick up the defensive slack without Howard and
His thoughts on his recent jump from a high-dive platform that earned a "not great judgment" label from General Manager
Almost predictably, Bryant, 35 and entering the last year of his contract, was bullish on what he sees down the road.
"Another championship. That's easy," he said.