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Bryant wants to prove critics wrong

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Kobe Bryant says his NBA return from left Achilles tendon surgery is likely weeks away but the Los Angeles Lakers guard is improving and regaining the explosiveness that made him a superstar.

And the 35-year-old American, who signed a two-year deal worth $48.5 million with the Lakers on Monday, says that his new deal does leave the Lakers room to sign new talent and become a title contender again as well as silence critics who doubt his worthiness for such a contract.

“It makes me want to run through a wall for them,” Bryant said on Tuesday before the Lakers played at Washington. “It adds more fuel to the fire.” — AFP

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