Laker fans received some bad news during Tuesday night’s game against the Indiana Pacers.
The Lakers announced that Kobe Bryant would be out due to injury for at least three more weeks. The five-time NBA champion is said to still be suffering from pain and swelling in the left knee he fractured during a game versus the Memphis Grizzlies on December 17.
Bryant’s original timetable for return was set at six weeks and he’d been hoping to hear some good news from the team doctor on Tuesday so he could move away from the stationary bike and progress towards getting back on the court, though it seems he’ll have to stay patient for at least a few more weeks.
[pullquote]”[I’m] down about it,” Bryant said following the team’s 104-92 loss to the Pacers.
Bryant was examined before Tuesday’s game by Dr. Steve Lombardo. He said he’s still experiencing pain.
“It’s like an internal swelling,” Bryant said. “It’s different. It’s not something that’s kind of on the surface where you can pinpoint and feel the swelling around. It’s deep in there.”
Bryant is on a program of non-weight-bearing exercise, primarily consisting of working out on a stationary bike.
“I’m ready to throw the bike in the damn pool right about now.” he said. “But you do what you got to do.”[/pullquote]
With the 2014 All-Star Game set to take place on February 16, it seems that Bryant will get his wish and miss the game due to injury.
As noted before, this is definitely not the type of season for Kobe to rush back from injury, and it’s good to see that the team are taking things slowly with him.
With the Lakers now sitting at the bottom of the Western Conference with a record of 16-30, there’s almost no way that this team will make it to the playoffs this season.
Bryant needs to take his time. It’s going to be hard because he’s extremely competitive, though he realizes that rushing back from this injury would accomplish nothing in the long-run.