Kobe Bryant returned to the Los Angeles Lakers from a torn Achilles’ less than two weeks ago, and he is already going back on the shelf. On Thursday, the Lakers announced that Kobe is expected to miss six weeks with a fracture in his left knee.
It’s obviously a horrible break for Bryant, who spent months rehabbing from an extremely challenging injury. It was initially reported that Kobe “twisted” his knee during Tuesday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, but it was obviously much more serious than that.
After his first game back this season, Kobe was hard on himself and critical of the way he played. Now, he’ll have to spend more time rehabbing after he had turned his focus toward finding his stoke again and regaining confidence.
Fortunately, the injury doesn’t appear to have anything to do with knee ligaments and is not expected to require surgery. Either way, the 12-13 Lakers may not survive another six weeks without their best player.