Posted January 28, 2014

Report: Kobe Bryant to remain sidelined at least two more weeks, possibly a month

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant remains shelved for the Lakers, who have lost 16 of their last 19. (Christian Petersen/NBAE/Getty Images)

This Thursday will mark the conclusion of Kobe Bryant’s initial six-week timetable for return from a left knee injury, but don’t expect him back on the court for the Lakers just yet.

According to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, Bryant’s injury — a lateral tibial plateau fracture suffered in mid-December — has not recovered to the point that an immediate return is plausible, forcing him to miss at least another two weeks:

Bryant’s left knee hasn’t healed yet, even though the Lakers had initially been pointing to a medical re-evaluation Tuesday as a point at which he might be cleared to play. Bryant’s level of discomfort is such that his visit with Lakers doctor Steve Lombardo on Tuesday evening before the Lakers face the Indiana Pacers will not even include an MRI or any other diagnostic procedure to judge the bone’s healing, according to a team source.

Ding also noted that Bryant could potentially miss as much as a month. There’s really no rush at this point. The Lakers are tied for the second-worst record in the Western Conference, 9½ games out of playoff position. Considering that Bryant didn’t play well (42.5 percent shooting, 5.7 turnovers per game) in six games before this latest injury, expecting him to elevate an injured, defenseless team to a respectable standing would be far too much. In terms of wins and losses, L.A. has essentially run out of things to play for this season.

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The priority for both Bryant and the Lakers’ franchise, then, is his long-term health. It would benefit no one to have Bryant battling lingering injury through the end of this season or next, especially when there’s so little to gain. Instead, Bryant can take as long as he needs to make sure that as much discomfort is alleviated as possible, and then use whatever remains of the season to ease his way back onto the court. His All-Star spot might well be forfeit, but that would be of little consequence because Bryant has already articulated his desire to sit out the weekend’s festivities.

14 comments
berdosux
berdosux

Trade Gasol, lose as many games as you can this  year and rebuild it next year with a nice draft and healthy Kobe and maybe a Melo.

riley8
riley8

Kobe...stop rapin'.

x72
x72

Good, stay gone. Nobody likes you.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

Kobe stuck it in the Lakers worst than he did that "thing" in Colorado...and this is no two minute screw job,  this can reverberate for years throughout the Lakers organisation...i knew Kobe would not be fit for at least a year... I kept on saying the Lakers should have amnestied Kobe ..resigned him the following year at a reduced contract and use the extra money to build the Roster...but NOO the great and mighty Lakers were bent over a chair by a kid that went from high school straight into the NBA

its doesn't matter how many rings Kobe wins,  only one ring will live on in infamy anytime i hear the name Kobe Bean Bryant

andy.lazarescu
andy.lazarescu

two weeks it is then...kobe can't wait to come back and play. no need to rush it. lakers will make the playoffs

espnrefugee0218
espnrefugee0218

Steve Nash injured his back by getting out of bed this morning.....thats not a joke its true. 


6marK6
6marK6

The Lakers? Oh yeah, that other team that plays in LA.

Norman5
Norman5

@riley8 You mean of the girl that had 3 different mens semen in  her panties???  What ever you say buddy.  I got a bridge for you too genius.

berdosux
berdosux

@6marK6The only team in LA with banners you mean.  I think its sad that the clippers have to cover them for their home games so they dont get shamed all the time.

RickMathews
RickMathews

@6marK6 The other team that did just as well as the Clippers did in the playoffs last year. Both first round busts. The other team should start talking when some banners go up other than the towel sized Pacific Division one.