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Kobe Bryant says surgically repaired Achilles ‘feels really, really good’

Even though Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has been on a whirlwind tour of Southeast Asia recently does not mean he hasn’t been ignoring the rehabilitation of his surgically repaired Achilles tendon, nor does it mean that progress isn’t still being made towards the ultimate (and once believed to be impossible) goal that he will be good come tipoff of the 2013-14 NBA season.

Last week, Kobe was in China, where he uploaded sultry photos of his wife in a bikini, made grown men cry and also uploaded disturbing photos of the scar that runs up the lower part of his left leg. On Monday, the Black Mamba was in the Philippines, where he said that his tendon “feels really, really good.”

During a Q&A session for a promotional event in Manila (available for viewing on YouTube), a standing Kobe said, after being asked if he wanted to sit down, “My tendon feels really, really good. I was really lucky.”

Regarding any perception that his tour of Southeast Asia is a relaxing one, Kobe said rehab is still a high priority, despite the many distractions, something can be credited to the near-constant presence of folks that will make sure he’s working hard.

“The trainers go with me everywhere. Family vacations, business trips — they’re there all the time.”

Despite the unlikely nature of Kobe actually being able to suit up for the first game come Oct. 29 against the Los Angeles Clippers, there appears to be no reason to not expect he’ll be on the court, given how aggressively he has tackled his rehab and the stubbornness he has exhibited whenever he has been told that it isn’t going to happen.