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Kobe Bryant determined to bounce back

SIDELINED: Kobe Bryant

LA LAKERS star Kobe Bryant says he is determined to make a return to the NBA after being ruled out of action for the season.

The 36-year-old was is sidelined for the rest of the season after tearing his right rotator cuff in his shoulder against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Despite having surgery to fix the injury, Bryant faces a nine-month rehabilitation process for the second time in two years, following on from a torn Achilles against the Golden State Warriors in April 2013.

“I just did this! I just did this!" Bryant yelled upon being told by the doctor how long he will be out for. I just did nine months [of injury rehab]. And I gotta do it again.”

Reports have suggested that the five-time NBA champion would retire with just a year remaining on his contract, speculation which the shooting guard denies.

“The process of it. I wanna see if I can. I don't know If I can but I want to find out,' he said when asked what focuses him to make a comeback.”

“I'm going to do what I do, which is which is break everything down to it's smallest form and smallest detail. And then go after it day by day, just one day at a time.”

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