Branden Oliver had a goal — he wanted to beat Kobe Bryant in a game of one-on-one.

After Oliver tore his Achilles tendon in the 2016 preseason, he set out to beat Bryant in a way where it wouldn't matter that he was 10 or so inches shorter, where he wouldn't have to out-shoot, out-dunk or out-defend Bryant.

Bryant, like Oliver, felt that tendon snap up the back of his foot like a roller shade. And like Oliver planned, Bryant exceeded expectations in his recovery.

"I wanted to be healthy before Kobe got back," he said. "I think it took him eight months and it took me seven months and three weeks or something like that. That was my goal."

Oliver watched "Muse," the documentary about Bryant's career multiple times as he worked out on beaches in San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco, racing against the clock set by one of his favorite basketball players.

Now fully healthy, Oliver could get a chance for his own signature Los Angeles sports moment Sunday when the Chargers host the Raiders at StubHub Center.