The Los Angeles Lakers have announced that guard Kobe Bryant will not return to play this season.
Bryant is recovering from a fractured lateral tibial plateau of his left knee. He was examined today by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo and he determined that Bryant’s injury has still not healed.
Athletic trainer Gary Vitti told nba.com that he needs time.
“With Kobe’s injury still not healed, the amount of time he’d need to rehab and be ready to play, and the amount of time remaining in the season, we’ve simply run out of time for him to return. However, Kobe will have the entire offseason to heal, rehab and prepare, and we look forward to him being 100% for the start of next season.”
Bryant missed the start of the season since he was recovering from an Achilles injury last season. But he returned and played in six games until he suffered the knee fracture he is currently nursing.
This injury was only supposed to keep him out for a few months, but it’s taking longer than expected to heal.
Bryant is obviously not happy about this news and according to nba.com, he’s frustrated with the outcome of recent events.
“Obviously this has been a frustrating and disappointing season, but I appreciate all the support I’ve received from the Lakers and the fans, and look forward to being back and ready for the start of training camp.”
The Lakers signed Bryant to a two-year, $48 million extension this season, despite the injuries. That move was a smart one since the Lakers are rebuilding their team for at least another season. Since Kobe Bryant is a fan favorite, keeping him around is something Lakers fans will appreciate.
Maybe while he’s rehabbing, he can spend his time making more commercials like this one:
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