Kobe Bryant, Tony Allen

Kobe Bryant drives against Tony Allen en route to a 21-point performance in the Lakers' 96-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum last week. (Nikki Boertman / Commercial Appeal / December 17, 2013)

Kobe Bryant talked Wednesday for the first time since fracturing the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee last week against Memphis.

Bryant, who is expected to miss six weeks, had played in only six games since returning from his torn left Achilles' tendon.

Here are some of the highlights from his interview (questions are sometimes paraphrased):

What has the last week been like for you with the latest injury?

Slow. It's just been slow in terms of trying to lay off it a bit and letting it heal and just doing the right things, in terms of when you don't have activity, you really got to watch the other parts of your life like nutrition and things like that. You don't want to take a step back and gain weight or anything like that. You have to make sure you do the necessary things to stay where you are.

Was this injury quite a blow to you?

A little bit. It's funny, I mean hearing all the comments and things like that just kind of help enhance my focus more. It's obviously not something that I wanted to have happen, but there's nothing you can do about it, so from that standpoint, you have to look at the injury for exactly what it is, which is something that's going to heal and be as strong as it ever was. I was fortunate that it wasn't a meniscus or anything else, so there's nothing that I have to really do from a recovery standpoint other than letting the bones heal, and letting the fracture heal. You kind of just have to look at the injury in a vacuum.

What have you been able to do?

I've been able to do some bike work, so I've been doing a lot of that. They don't want me to put any pressure on it, not yet, in terms of standing or anything like that, putting too much force on it.

What's the pain level?

Its really not painful, which kinda concerned me after the game. When I got into the locker room, it kind of felt like something was off. It just felt weird. There was a lot of swelling that was inside of the knee. It was a different feeling, it wasn't a painful feeling. With something like that, it always worries me a little bit.

Are you happy that it wasn't a torn ACL?

I was going in just to be cautious. I was expecting really a bone bruise more than anything else. I actually thought [Steve] Lombardo was joking when he told me. You know, it's not funny. He said he was quite serious.

Have the negative comments affected you?

Same old tune, it's just being sung a little more loudly now. Those types of things just really help me lock in more than ever.

Is it hard for you to miss the Christmas game?

It's strange to be coming in on Christmas and not playing. It's really strange. It's a foreign feeling. But I'm here, I'm here to support my guys and watch them go out and play well.

Were you looking forward to tonight?

Yeah, this was a really big measuring stick in terms of their activity, their speed, their size. I was really looking forward to this game to be able to measure where I was physically. Especially the time frame in which I came back, I was really looking at this game as being a game where I'd be in rhythm and really be able to measure what I can do and can't do.

Any chance you won't come back this season?