Lakers are reportedly ready to shut down Kobe for the rest of the season
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The Lakers are reportedly ready to shut down Kobe for the rest of the season.
Via Bleacher Report:
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to declare Bryant out for the rest of the 2013-14 Lakers season later this week, according to team sources. Bryant is not accompanying the team on its trip to Oklahoma City and San Antonio, staying back to be reexamined by team doctor Steve Lombardo. And considering where Bryant’s level of discomfort remains with the fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, barring an unforeseen change, the team will finalize the decision that Bryant will not play again this season. …
Although the Lakers’ original estimate was that Bryant would miss approximately six weeks, he is now expected to miss the final 17 weeks of the season. He said at the All-Star breakhe was frustrated by the slow recovery with his knee and noted, “It’s not the mind that wears down, it’s the body.”
The original recovery time was supposed to be 6 weeks but with less than 20 games left in another disastrous season, there’s just no point in him trying to come back this year.
“I’m just going about it every single day just trying to get better,” Bryant said last month. “That’s my job. My job is to get my butt back out there on the court when I’m healthy enough to play and that hasn’t changed.”