"I probably won't be able to come back soon enough to be able to make my stamp or my mark on the game," Bryant said before the
By last count, the
Bryant has played in only six games this season. He returned in December after missing eight months following Achilles' tendon surgery, only to suffer a broken bone in his left knee.
"You want to feel like you deserve to be in the game and play," Bryant said. "Then there's the other side of the argument where you've put in a lot of work over the years. Fans, if they vote you in, you want to go out there and show your appreciation and respect to them.
"From where I come from, I really enjoy watching what the young guys are doing and how they're performing. Even though there's so much respect that comes from me to play for the fans, I'd much rather see the young guys go on out there and play in the game."
Bryant is about halfway through an estimated six-week recovery from the knee injury he suffered Dec. 19.
"I'm pretty restricted in terms of what I can do, just staying on the [stationary] bike," he said. "I'm focusing on staying in shape."
The additional time off isn't necessarily a bad thing in terms of helping his Achilles' tendon to fully recover.
"It helps. You get a chance to get the Achilles' even stronger and rest even more where it's not a concern whatsoever," said Bryant.
He also isn't worried about a difficult return from the knee injury.
"The bones will heal and it will be just like brand new," he said.
Bryant also said he's always supported keeping
"How much more am I supposed to support a guy, besides making a Pau flag and riding in here with a horse with Spanish-colored paint on my face like I'm a Spaniard William Wallace or something? I don't know what else to do," Bryant said.
Bryant spoke highly of point guard
"What I like about Kendall is that he has really good size to him, good length," said Bryant. "He's got a funny looking shot, but it goes in.
"I've always been a fan of big guards," the 6-foot-6 Bryant added.