Kobe Bryant jumps 40 feet off a high dive

 

Kobe Bryant remains determined to prove everyone wrong. He wants to prove he can return from a torn left Achilles tendon and still play at an elite level. He wants to prove that the Lakers can still win an NBA title despite persisting questions surrounding their health, old age and significant departures in Dwight Howard and Metta World Peace. And judging by the first vine post, Bryant also wants to prove that nothing surrounding his rehab will inhibit him one bit.

As shown in the video above, Bryant took a 40-foot plunge from a high dive into a pool recently, a fairly risky and potentially painful move for someone rehabbing his Achilles tendon.

No matter.

Bryant jumped off the board and landed safely into the water. Not that this should be surprising. Bryant has proven he thrives off pressure and uncertainty. Clearly, Bryant’s not allowing his recovery to literally prevent him from diving right back into work.

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