According to the official Twitter handle of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant will miss six weeks of action after suffering a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee.
Injury Update: Kobe Bryant has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. He is expected to miss 6 weeks.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 19, 2013
Bryant suffers the frustrating injury just weeks after making his way back from a torn Achilles’ tendon. The last few games Kobe was filling in at the point guard spot for the Lakers, as both Steve Nash and Steve Blake are sidelined.
This is a devastating blow to the Lakers’ playoff aspirations and obviously Kobe, who worked extremely hard to get back on the basketball floor.
It seems that Kobe will not need surgery for the fracture and that the bone will heal on its own, but it will obviously take quite a significant amount of time. Since returning to the court Bryant has managed to play in six games, averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds. He didn’t look quite as quick and agile as most are used to seeing him, but he wasn’t forcing anything and was just starting to pick it up.