In his quest to return from a torn Achilles tendon as healthy as possible, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant sought out the counsel of David Beckham, who suffered the same injury and went on to find success with the LA Galaxy.

"Becks and I have grown to be pretty close since he's been playing in Los Angeles for [the Galaxy] the last five years," Bryant said Friday in a video interview with ESPN.com.br while on vaction in Brazil (via LA Times).

Bryant, 34, suffered a torn left Achilles in an April game against the Golden State Warriors as the Lakers made a push to get favorable positioning in the NBA playoffs. Beckham suffered his torn Achilles in 2010, and made a successful return to the Galaxy.

"He and I talked for quite a bit about his process, and his recovery," Kobe said of Beckham. "He hasn't had any issues with it since. He's won several championships since the injury, so I'm pretty encouraged by that."

Bryant, whose return was originally set at 6-9 months, recently said he expects to return to the court Novemeber or December, which would put him at 7-8 months.

"It's going well," said Bryant of his recovery. "I'm pretty much two months out of surgery, and I'm walking" he said. "I can get up on my toes. I'm pleased with how it's going so far."

With the injury coming so late in his career, Bryant said that seeds of doubt had crept into his mind at one point. He know plans to use that fear of not returning to form as fuel, however.