Kobe Bryant (knee) fully intends to return this season, ESPN Los Angeles reports. "My plan hasn't changed," Bryant said. "I'm just going about it every single day just trying to get better. That's my job. My job is to get ... back out there on the court when I'm healthy enough to play and that hasn't changed."

The Lakers obviously have nothing to play for but pride and Kobe is full of that. He'll come back and eventually play his 40+ minutes once he is close to 100%. Its a Fantasy risk still however because at his age and with the struggles of the team this is really a nowhere road. ANALYST: Jeff Mans