Kobe Bryant played in just six games for the Los Angeles Lakers coming off an Achilles tear, before being sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury. He was expected to be nearing a return, but could be held out of action for up to another month.
The fractured lateral tibial plateau in 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.
Bryant is expected to miss at least two more weeks, perhaps even another month.
Bryant was adamant when saying that he has no intention to shut himself down for the rest of the season and come back stronger next year. Even though he intends to make it back to the floor towards the end of the 2013-14 campaign, the season is pretty much lost for the Lakers. Since Kobe went down, the Lakers have won just four games and are out of the playoff race.
Kobe was voted into the All-Star team as a starter, but it seems like he will have to withdraw.