Kobe sidelined yet again
LOS ANGELES—Kobe Bryant is expected to miss about six weeks with an injured left knee, dealing the second major injury setback of the year to the L.A. Lakers’ superstar guard.
An MRI exam yesterday revealed Bryant has a fracture in his lateral tibial plateau—the top of his shinbone near his knee.
He apparently was hurt again Tuesday night in Memphis while playing his fourth game in five nights.
After playing six games in 10 days, the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history is out again until February or longer—and the Lakers’ already miserable run of injuries got even uglier.
“You hate it for Kobe,” Lakers’ coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters after practice yesterday.
“He’s worked so hard to get back, but he’ll be back,” D’Antoni added. “He’ll be back in six weeks.
“We’ve just got to weather the storm until he gets back.”
The Lakers also announced Steve Nash will be out for at least four more weeks with nerve root irritation, leaving injury-riddled L.A. without its top three point guards and Bryant—who filled in at the point in recent games—for at least another week.
The rest of the Lakers found out about Bryant’s injury after practice for today’s home game against Minnesota.
“It’s hard to get this type of news, especially when we’ve got already so many injuries; when we’ve been through so many injuries the year before,” Pau Gasol said.
“It just keeps piling up.
“It’s not the best thing for us, for sure, but we’ve just got to continue to go forward≤” he stressed. “We understand it can happen.”