April 12, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers trainer Gary Vitti and center Robert Sacre (50) help shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) as leaves the game in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. Bryant suffered a torn Achilles tendon. He under went surgery April 13 and is expected to miss six to nine months. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Gary Vitti Confident in Kobe Bryant To Remain Healthy

For the last year and a half, one man has dominated the majority of the Lakers coverage: Kobe Bryant. In an interview with Lakers reporter Mike Trudell, longtime trainer Gary Vitti says he has “100 percent confidence” in Kobe Bryant being physically healthy for the upcoming season.

Vitti has 29 seasons worth of experience as the athletic trainer for the Lakers, and is considered one of the best in the league. He has worked with Bryant for his entire professional career, so his word should be comforting for all the Lakers’ fans.

The Lakers have had an unfortunate amount of injuries the past two seasons, but hopefully a new year will break the unlucky trend. With Bryant playing a total of six games all of last year, the Lakers struggled to win games without their valiant leader.

Vitti explains his reason for being confident in Bryant is “because of the way he handles his body and the style of play that we’ll compete at. We can’t play at a frenetic pace. We can push the ball when it’s there, and we can certainly let Kobe create out of the post with his back to the basket at this stage of his career…”

It’ll be intriguing to see how Bryant will bounce back after having two major injuries back-to-back years, but he has proven capable of adapting to different situations.

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