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Report: Kobe Bryant out another two weeks to month with knee fracture

Jan 28, 2014, 10:51 AM EST

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We know him, if it was just a matter of playing through pain, Kobe Bryant would be back. But it’s not. He has a fractured lateral tibial plateau — the bone at the top of the shin that connects to the knee — and until the bone heals properly Kobe can’t return.

Which means he will be out at least another two weeks, maybe even a month, reports Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report. Kobe’s formal review with a team doctor is scheduled for Tuesday.

Bryant’s level of discomfort is such that his visit with Lakers doctor Steve Lombardo on Tuesday evening before the Lakers face the Indiana Pacers will not even include an MRI or any other diagnostic procedure to judge the bone’s healing, according to a team source. Bryant is expected to miss at least two more weeks, perhaps even another month.

First off, this could take care of Kobe’s “I don’t want to play in the All-Star Game” issue. If he misses two more weeks exactly that would leave two games for the Lakers before the All-Star Weekend. It is very possible he is not healthy enough to return before the game, and if that is the case the league would announce an ijury replacement for him (then the coach would choose who would replace him as a starter, Scott Brooks of OKC likely chooses James Harden, Terry Stots of Portland might well go with LaMarcus Aldridge, both those players are virtual locks to be chosen as reserves by the coaches).

For the Lakers, it would likely mean more losing (which some of their fan base would love as that group wants the team in full tank mode). The Lakers are 4-16 without Bryant in the lineup but they do have help on the way soon — Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar are out Tuesday and Friday for the Lakers but practiced Monday and could return in the next week, plus Steve Nash hopes to practice with the team Thursday.

Still, you know being out this long and just riding a bike does not sit well with Bryant — if you have dreams of him sitting out the rest of the season and the team tanking, you know he’s not on board.

Bryant said Sunday in New York that it is “absolutely killing” him not to be medically cleared for anything beyond conditioning work on a bike. He has been reluctant to answer questions directly about his knee in a series of interview sessions over the past week, saying vaguely he’ll be re-evaluated “in February.” But what he and his fans hoped would be an inspirational comeback season from the torn left Achilles tendon he suffered April 12 has eroded into a whole lot of Bryant sitting around, wincing at the end of the bench at Lakers losses and wearing colorless clothes that represent his basketball lifelessness.

  1. therealhtj - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Kobe should just shut it down for the year. Trade Pau or anyone else you can unload (although with this garbage roster, that ain’t much) in a salary dump – being in the luxury tax this year is an absolute joke.

    Oh, and Nash needs to figure out it’s over too.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      I find it funny that people question this guy, all he does is win, I compare him to Jeter.
      I would give this guy 48 million without a doubt and get out of his way.
      I hope Nash would take some shame and retire, he is despicable.

      • mogogo1 - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        Granted, with the myriad of injuries, it is now far easier to get out of Kobe’s way than it was before. But you’d really like to see Kobe hurry up and get back on the floor with this team? Just to see if he can get hurt worse and maybe end his career? They’re going nowhere with or without him. Better to recuperate and hope the front office can pull off some miracle and get him some help for next year.

  2. bucrightoff - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Shutting him down for the year now would just compound what a horrific decision not amnestying him was. Should have made a handshake deal with Kobe to amnesty him, let him sit out the year and come back in 2014-15 for the last few years ready to go.

    • MLBlogsbig3bosox - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      Do you know that teams can’t sign players they amnesty? Seems like you don’t.

      • bucrightoff - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        Not in the year they are amnestied no. After that is fair game. Which is exactly what I’m suggesting. Take a year off, go play with the kids and come back in 2015. The Lakers save a ton of money and end up exactly where they will anyways: In the lottery, possibly in the top 5.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        why would Kobe want to do that anyway?

      • MLBlogsbig3bosox - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM

        Actually, we’re both wrong. They can’t sign him for the length of his amnestied contract. But in this case your theory works since it was only 1 year left of contract. I still don’t agree with amnestying him since Kobe wouldn’t even consider that deal. He’s too much of a competitor.

      • bucrightoff - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Well considering Kobe might end up playing somewhere between 15-25 games, he basically might as well have taken the year off anyways. And oh yeah, the Lakers save money and commit to the tank and possibly get a top 3 talent, which if you didn’t know, the Lakers are totally devoid of young top end talent. Picking 9th would be a disaster for the Lakers, that nets them nothing of impact.

        And before anyone says “How could you know”? Easy: a 35 year old rushing back from a devastating injury that most 25 year olds struggle to recover from wasn’t ending well. Factor in Kobe’s exteneded mileage, and pretty much everyone saw this coming. Then factor in the Lakers giving him a ridiculous extension, and this whole thing has been horribly bungled by the Lakers.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        Why would Kobe want to do that? Would you go back to a company that fired you to save costs?

    • bougin89 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:59 PM

      This would never work.

      Other teams would bid on the rights for Kobe. If he “retired” for one year the team that made the winning bid would still own his contractual rights. Meaning if Kobe “unretired” he would have to resume his contract with them.

      Having a handshake deal to amnesty Kobe isn’t realistic in any way, shape or form..

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        Shh. Stop being realistic.

      • motrip69 - Jan 29, 2014 at 6:46 AM

        Not true thats not how the Amnesty process works,Amnestying would have only meant Kobe’s salary for this season wouldn’t have counted against the cap or the tax and would have saved the Lakers close to 30 million dollars,Kobe still would have gotten his full salary and been able to sit out the year and resign with the Lakers next season, other teams aren’t allowed to bid on you or your salary ,you just become a unrestricted free agent! It would have been the smart thing to do if Kobe ends up sitting out the season which he should ,to late now though !

      • bougin89 - Jan 29, 2014 at 8:47 AM

        Kobe does still get his full salary guaranteed. That’s the only thing you wrote that is factually true.

        That would have saved the Lakers WAY more than 30 dollars including the savings for luxury tax.

        After being amnestied the bidding for Kobe would start with the team that places the highest bid would get the rights to Kobe, he wouldn’t be an unrestricted free agent, that is totally false. It’s basically a silent auction(other teams cannot see the bids of any other teams until the winner is announced.

        If you need a specific example look no further than the Clippers winning the bid to Chauncey Billups after he was amnestied by the Knicks.

  3. aboogy123456 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    get well kobe. Before he went down with the achilles injury he was having perhaps his most amazing season. All true basketball fans would love to see two more years.

    • mickdamill - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      He was? lol

    • therealhtj - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM

      He was having an excellent season for a guy of his age and mileage. By his standards and salary cap killing contract, it was just average. It became apparent the days of Kobe being the focal point of a championship roster were over.

      • aboogy123456 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        just average?! you are what’s wrong with NBA fans. You either can’t appreciate great basketball, or you are too dumb to. For those of us who like basketball, we got to witness history last season, and watch a guy do everything in his power to will his team to the playoffs. You probably just looked and saw they were an eighth seed and drew your own conclusions.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        You don’t even know what you were looking at last year, aboogy. You were watching Kobe deep six your favorite franchise. Every idea he had, from the Princeton offense, to Mike D’Antoni, to him playing point, to him leading the league in shot attempts, was absolutely terrible. It all cost the Lakers more wins than Kobe won back with his play.

      • therealhtj - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        Yes, for a guy making 27million and Kobe’s own standards, to squeek into the playoffs is, at best, average. He can’t do it the way he used to anymore, and for anyone to think otherwise, especially now after all two major injuries back to back, is foolhardy at best.

      • aboogy123456 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:57 PM

        ok so you guys didn’t watch any lakers games last year, got it. Lebron deserved the MVP last year because of his phenomenal year, but you could easily make a case for Kobe.

        He was the sole reason they made the playoffs last year, and part of that was his willingness to take point guard duties because Steve Nash couldn’t handle pressure D. Nobody said kobe will be the same after injuries, but last year was must see tv because every night it was amazing how well kobe played and led his team. how many games did you guys honestly watch?

      • musician0785 - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        The princeton offense was Mike Brown’s idea, and if you think Kobe wanted D’antoni over the guy who won him 5 rings you’re as clueless as I thought, I thought that he played point because every other pg on the roster was hurt….but since you said it was his idea it must be true….

      • htownraiderfan - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:58 PM

        aboogy – I thought what Kobe did last year was great. The guy carried an underachieving team into the playoffs. People can say it was an average year if they like, but Kobe averaged 27.5 and 6 assists. LBJ won the ship but LBJ only averaged 26.8 and 7.3 assists for the season. Nobody is calling what LBJ did average.

  4. money2long - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    okay…not surprising…
    when kobe first went down with the injury i figured he would be back some time after the all star break.
    it is now the 28th of january. let’s say he goes to the deep end of that spectrum, and happens to need the month. well, that’d put him on the court, hypothetically speaking, february 28.
    ok. that’s not so far off away from the conclusion of the all star game.
    and there’s always the chance he returns earlier than a month.
    nothing to see here. this isn’t really breaking news. but it’s nice to know he may need more time to recover than originally projected.

    • kb2408 - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      @money2long….Enlighten these dolts, Bro!!

  5. chadley71 - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    I’ve never been a kobe fan but, KOBE…retire!!!!!!! what do you have to prove, look what you have done in your career.
    this injury just goes to show you any STAR can get a freak injury and put an end to careers.

  6. jimsjam33 - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Kobe is only hurting the Lakers by delaying the inevitable . He has to retire now or stay out for the season . The Lakers can then amnesty him if he wants to continue with another team . He’s finished ! This is a lottery season for the Lakers .

    • kb2408 - Jan 28, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      Kobe is not hurting the LAKERS. Do you honestly think the front office doesn’t know exactly what he’s doing? This is the most brilliant tank job ever!! My LAKERS are headed for the lottery. And once they get there do not be surprised if they end up with a top 5 pick. Conspiracy theorists be darned!!

      • fanofthegame79 - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        Ok, let’s stay on this line of thought: The Lakers end up with a top 5 pick – who do they go for? And considering their current roster, how will a top-5 rookie help this team get over the top (or get into the playoffs)? That’s a lot of eggs to put into the basket of a rookie – especially if the Lakers are trying to win another Championship before Bryant retires in two seasons (per his current contract). This year’s draft does appear to be deeper than the last few years (some say since 2003) but there isn’t a “LeBron” or “Durant” in this draft that will propel this team to greatness. Hell, even LeBron or Durant as rookies wouldn’t be able to do that.

      • dinofrank60 - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        @fanofthegame79,
        Thank you! Finally!!! You are absolutely correct!!!
        There isn’t one player in this “super” draft that would help the Lakers get over the top.
        Your post is on point!

      • kb2408 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:17 PM

        @fan79, most “realistic” LAKERS fans know that the chances of them winning another ring before Kobe retires aren’t very good. Next season’s lottery pick will just give the LAKERS a nice piece of a puzzle that won’t truly start coming together until 2015 & 16.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        any other team adds a lottery pick, it’s a good move. Lakers do it and it’s a waste of time

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:33 PM

        as long as the rookie isn’t Anthony Bennett I don’t possible see how adding a lottery pick to the team hurts. The talent level is low even when Kobe and Blake and Farmar return from injury

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      The Lakers can’t amnesty him for multiple reasons:

      1. They already used their amnesty on Metta World Peace.
      2. Kobe’s contract that you’re telling them to amnesty (the extension signed) is not eligible. Only contracts signed prior to the new CBA are.
      3. The fans would stop going to games and watching on TV.

      it’s a good theory though! sike

      • therealhtj - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        Nah, the move now (since they weren’t smart enough to amnesty Kobe or at lease save the extension talk for the off season) would be to have him sit out the season and get him to go for a medical retirement and get him off the books so he can continue to collect his oversized salary and not have it kill the Lakers cap space. They can’t even convince Nash, a seemingly reasonable, self-aware human being, to do the right thing. Good luck trying to get Kobe to buy into that.

  7. kb2408 - Jan 28, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Starting at point “god” next year for the LAKERS….Dante Exum!!!

  8. billtetley53 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    Kb, you and realistic don’t belong in the same room together.

    Don’t bother trying talking sense to this nimrod guys, he worships Kobe and is going to cry when he retires….and he’s 40 years old!!

    Just exactly how 1 1st round pick in the next 3 years going to help them back in to contention? LeBron or Melo aren’t signing with L.A.
    You’ll get the likes of Stephenson and Hayward as free agents, nice players, not game changers though. Outside of a broken down Nash, an injured Kobe and a showing his age Gasol, its a D league roster…..no trade value at all.

    This team is stuck. Overpaid Kobe, and no way to get much better than 8 seed for the next 3-5 years.
    With the way the cba is set up now, players aren’t going to leave $ on the table to move, its foolish to think so.

    I for one am enjoying the decline very much.

    • aboogy123456 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:54 PM

      weren’t you the guy who said that Carmelo anthony does nothing to help his team, right before he dominates in two games this past weekend?

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:40 PM

        He’s just upset that it’s -50 and snowing while it’s 70 degrees and sunny here

    • dinofrank60 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Dwight Howard left money on the table to move.

  9. shuttaman1990 - Jan 28, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Nice, he really should not play this year.
    I mean I want him to play, but not under D’antoni who will try to run him into the ground again.
    He needs to play with another coach, possibly re hire PHIL FOR THE LOVE OF GOD!

  10. billtetley53 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    aboogy: What’s the Knicks current record? What has Carmelo ever done with Denver and NY? Does he have a title? Had his teams ever made it past the 2nd round? You’re clueless.

    Dino: Yep, he did, he saw the trainwreck coming and wanted out of that toxic situation. LeBron is not in that situation.
    Carmelo has impressed me as being all about the $, he won’t leave 25 mil on the table, not to take a backseat to Kobe.

    • kb2408 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      I see someone has ANOTHER username. What is this now, number six?! Pretty lame.

      • billtetley53 - Jan 28, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        Its my 2nd, well 3rd if you count the name I had to use for paying off my bet to malt.
        Speaking of paying off bets, why are you still posting? You agreed to bet to get off of this site when you lost. You lost, talk about lame. You’re a 3 coiled Turd.

        You still actually think that I had more than 1 screen name at a time…
        That’s just precious. No, there was actually several people that detested your over the top know nothingness.

        I drove you away once, I will do it again.

  11. mackcarrington - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    This would be the first time Kobe hasn’t returned from an injury on or ahead of “schedule”.
    It’s a fact that the body heals slower the older you get. It must really be killing this guy that his
    renowned “willpower” can’t accelerate the healing of a fractured bone in his knee.

    • mogogo1 - Jan 28, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      I fault the Lakers for that more than Kobe or his age. Their “schedules” have no basis in reality. The first timetable they announced for his return from this injury was 2-4 weeks and I think they issued that the morning after he was hurt, prior to any real evaluation. Nobody comes back from a knee fracture in 2 weeks and you sure don’t predict that as the likely return date. They just throw out whatever number they’d like to see. Like at the start of last season when the Lakers said Nash would be back in a week or two only to have him miss half the season.

      • lhollis74 - Jan 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        It’s because they still have to sell tickets. Oh, and for you donkeys who don’t understand why they signed him for as much money as they did, remember, TWC is paying the lakers, what, $200 mil this year !? The organization knows exactly who got that done for them.

      • adamsjohn714 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:01 AM

        lhollis…. winning games sells tickets and tv deals. If they win a lot (traditionally they do) people will buy tickets and tune in. Historically, attendance and viewers have dropped when they stink.

  12. jhop86 - Jan 28, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I love kobe to death but either retire but he won’t or sit the year out don’t want him to go out like penny

  13. j0esixpack - Jan 28, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    It’s a good thing the Lakers held off on giving him a contact extension.

    That would suck if a guy who is having an increasing number of injuries were slated to take up a lot of salary

  14. sunburstrelic - Jan 28, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    Really people?
    I’ll give you two (2) reasons why Kobe is still signed with the Lakers.
    1) He wants to play. Like you all tell me here, he don’t need the money.
    2) The Lakers make a ton of money with Kobe signed. A whole lot more than if he wasn’t on the team.
    So, give it a rest. It’s the money. It’s business. If he wasn’t making the Buss family ungodly amounts of money he’d be playing in Miami, or Houston, or Cleveland, or sitting next to Shaq or Charles.

  15. onlyavoice - Jan 28, 2014 at 9:15 PM

    I still think he’s faking

  16. em11965 - Jan 28, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    D12 might as well have stayed. It looks like he wouldn’t have had to play with Kobe anyway. LOL.

  17. imakcds - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    so why end the article with a classless pot shot at Kobe’s wardrobe?
    Kobe’s style looks good, what does the author expect, that Django is his stylist???

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