UC SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

Not even an Achilles injury can keep Kobe Bryant from attending and participating in his annual basketball camp at UC Santa Barbara.

The Lakers superstar says he is ahead of schedule in his rehab from surgery to repair his torn Achilles' tendon. Bryant said the injury, the coaching change, the team's poor showing and losing Dwight Howard all added up to a "nightmare" season as Steve Nash suggested earlier this week.

The Kobe Basketball Academy has been going on since 2006 and once again a sold out camp of over 500 boys and girls are excited to learn from one of the best players in the world.