Kobe Bryant is on vacation in Italy but he took some time to stop by Milanello Sports Centre on Saturday to put in some rehab on his surgically repaired Achilles' tendon.
"It is difficult because I can't do much, but I am getting stronger every day and I am hoping to return by November or December," said Bryant.
What does the Lakers' All-Star guard expect out of his team next season?
"Championship," answered Bryant. "It's always the dream when you start the season you always want to win the championship. It's the only thing that counts."
Bryant, a life-long soccer fan, said he was honored to visit the AC Milan team's training facility.
"Milan has always been my favorite team," Bryant said. "I keep a Milan jersey and scarf in my locker room in Los Angeles, and I look at them every day."
Would he ever consider changing sports and playing overseas after retiring from the NBA?
"Yes, yes why not? I will come here to play and have fun," joked Bryant. "You can make me the goalkeeper and they can take some shots at my head."