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Lakers make it official: Kobe out at least three weeks, meaning no All-Star Game

Jan 28, 2014, 11:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES We told you word was Kobe Bryant was going to be out a few more weeks, now it has become official.

He is being reevaluated in three weeks, it will be longer until he is back on the court. This is not something he can rush, not just pain he can play through — he has a fractured lateral tibial plateau and he has to wait for the bone to heal properly. Kobe said it’s been “killing” him to keep riding the stationary bike, but that’s what he is stuck with. Knowing him, he’ll be ready for the Tour de France by the time he comes back.

That three week time frame puts Kobe Bryant out for the All-Star Game, Feb. 16 in New Orleans. Which Kobe said he didn’t want to play in, anyway. The league will choose a replacement for him on the roster, the coach of the team will choose who takes his role as a starter next to Stephen Curry. (The coach is the Thunder’s Scott Brooks, so bet on James Harden getting the slot, he is a lock to be picked as a reserve by the coaches.)

The Lakers will continue to lose a lot of games during this time — the Utah Jazz are now ahead of the Lakers in the standings, and the Lakers have the sixth worst record in the NBA. What can the Lakers do about that with this banged-up roster?

“Just play hard,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said after the latest Lakers loss Tuesday, when asked about Bryant and how the team adapts. “We’ll get some guys back, the Steves (Steve Nash and Steve Blake) and (Jordan) Farmar should be back pretty soon.”

What else is he going to say?

The Lakers are headed toward plenty more losses and high draft pick. That said don’t expect Kobe to shut it down for the season to aid that process. It’s possible Kobe is done for the year, but not likely. Not if he has anything to say about it. If he can get back, he will, that is how he is made. Even if the franchise might be better long term with him out and a higher draft pick.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Let’s drop the pretense that fans voted for Kobe based on his 2013-2014 performance and just spend that vote on Tom Green’s The Bum Bum Song instead.

  2. lifegoesonmyfriend - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    Is it time for Dragic to be an all-star?

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:35 AM

      He’s really good but not all star good. When guys like Harden are going to get snubbed Dragic is nothing more than an afterthought.

      • mickdamill - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:51 PM

        You obviously haven’t been watching him play. He deserves more consideration than an injured CP3 or Westbtook and also should be chosen over healthy Lin, Rubio and arguably Parker (from a stat standpoint). He doesnt have the popluarity and the household names as some other players but to ssay he is an afterthought is just downright ignorant.

  3. mackcarrington - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Kobe is going to provide us with a classic case study of blind, stubborn, stupidity that he will call “willpower”.
    He is going to try to prove to all of us that he isn’t “normal”. He’s going to be determined to show everyone
    that he can return from injuries that would end most players seasons. All he’s going to do is keep hurting himself in an effort to prove that he can “will” himself back from debilitating injuries. i have a feeling this is going to be sad.

  4. pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    There’s always going to be snubs. Only 12 make it so this team is the elite of the elite.

    I could name at least 10 guys that could definitely make it but most probably won’t and are very deserving. To list a few:

    Gasol bros, Duncan, Parker, Harden, Pekovic, Lee, Dirk, Howard, etc.

    The All star game is way more exclusive than people realize. They should consider expanding the roster to 15 and having these 3 guys just play 5-10 mins in the game while giving the rest the bulk of the minutes.

    • money2long - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:32 AM

      kinda weird how the guy most people were saying is now ‘the best shooting guard in the game’ is a possible snub.

    • adamsjohn714 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:49 AM

      Pau and Marc are both playing quite poorly this year.

    • sdlakerfan - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:54 AM

      Harden’s not getting snubbed. Howard’s not getting snubbed. One or two others won’t get snubbed. Agree it’s exclusive but it’s ridiculous to think those two won’t make it.

      • money2long - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        yup

      • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        Its likely both wont get snubbed but at least 1 most probably will…

  5. sportsfan18 - Jan 29, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    “If he can get back, he will. Even if the franchise might be better long term with him out and a higher draft pick.”

    Of course he’ll come back. It’s about him. Discount on his contract? Yeah, he took less but he’ll still be the highest paid player in the league each of the next two years.

    This is NOT what most Laker fans thought would happen when he resigned as they knew Kobe was about championships and was closing in on almost half a BILLION in earnings between his salary and off court endorsements (his new two year contract will take him to about $327 million in career earnings and he’ll play at least one more season when that is done health permitting. Why? He’ll need that season to become the all time leader in points scored in league history).

    And scoring more points is the reason he’ll come back this season, even if (as the article states) his coming back with cause the Lakers to slide a few slots down in the upcoming draft. You see, he doesn’t care about the Lakers and their draft pick and what the player will be doing for them 4, 5 or 6 yrs from now as his time is now. Guess it really isn’t about championships but points.

    • adamsjohn714 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:50 AM

      The way he was playing when he came back this season was facilitating the Lakers losing games. He wasn’t quite Derrick Rose bad, but he was pretty awful.

  6. jammer73 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:56 AM

    Retire

  7. denverdude7 - Jan 29, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Kobe needs to man up and simply retire. He had a great career with the Lakers but has quickly become a 2 ton boat anchor preventing the franchise from moving forward.

    Get on with your life’s work Kobe.

    • ranfan12 - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      His life’s work is the Lakers lol

    • ranfan12 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      I’m not saying I agree or disagree, but whether or not his last run with the lakers is a success or a fail, 70% of the blame is on the management because they were the ones that offered that money to keep him there. If they get serious, then they might take the CBA penalty because of the TWC cable deal and try to sign some high caliber players.

  8. lalifer - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Its not that I would like Kobe to retire. Having a 20 point shooting guard in your lineup isn’t a bad thing. Especially one whom you can most time depend on in the clutch and who can create his own. With veteran leadership. Its just that the Lakers can’t afford him to be the focal point anymore. He has to be at least the 2nd option, for us to be in any contention for a championship next season. This season? Give it a rest. Play the young kids and sign up the better ones for 2014-15.

  9. dinofrank60 - Jan 29, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    The Lakers may make it official; Kobe may not be up to it, but never count the league out. If they can find some way to prop Kobe up, they will do it.

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