While Kobe Bryant is expected to meet with the Lakers team doctor tomorrow, don’t expect him to be back on the court any time soon.
According to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, Bryant is still at least two weeks away from returning.
Bryant’s knee still isn’t healed, according to Ding, and he is still feeling discomfort.
[pullquote]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 any MRI or 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.[/pullquote]
This report comes just days after Phil Jackson sounded on the fence about whether Bryant should return this season.
“Not unless they have … well, I think he will come back. I shouldn’t say whether they’re gonna make the playoffs or not,” Jackson said during an interview with Fox Sports. “If he comes back in April, no. How many games do you play in April? 12? Then it’s not realistic. But if it’s somewhere in the middle of February, March, I think he’ll want to come back and get to that level again, and the only way you get to that level is to play ball against those kind of guys. It doesn’t happen on a playground or during the summer.”
If Bryant comes back within the next two-to-three weeks, he’ll be returning right in the middle of February – maybe just after All-Star Weekend – which would still give him plenty of time to get his game back to a high level before the off-season comes around.