Kobe Bryant was able to sum up his motivation as a player in one simple word ...
"Six," said Bryant to Wang Dong of CCTV News in support of his 3rd Annual Sprite Charity Basketball Game in China.
Bryant has won five championships with the Lakers. He's currently recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon he sustained in a game April 12.
"I expect us to go out there and do what we do best, just try and win a championship," said Bryant. "I'm excited about this upcoming year because there are a lot of question marks -- a lot of people doubting and giving us challenges. I'm excited about it."
The Lakers will face tough competition this season in both conferences, especially with Bryant's health a concern and the loss of Dwight Howard in free agency to the Houston Rockets. Veterans Pau Gasol and Steve Nash are also rehabbing injuries from the previous season.
"It doesn't matter how many star players you have as long as you have a group of players that play well together and are focused on the common goal together, that's what really matters the most," Bryant said.
The Lakers need to prove they have the roster capable of Bryant's vision. They open the season on Oct. 29 at home against the Clippers.