Discouraging news out of Lakers camp as Kobe Bryant is expected to miss at least two more weeks with a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, according to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding.
Bryant had been doing stationary bicycle work since fracturing his knee on December 17th and had hoped to ramp up his rehabilitation this week.
According to Ding, however, Bryant’s knee fracture has yet to heal.
The fractured lateral tibial plateau in Bryant’s left knee hasn’t healed yet, even though the Lakers had initially been pointing to a medical re-evaluation Tuesday as a point at which he might be cleared to play.
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 any MRI or other diagnostic procedure to judge the bone’s healing, according to a team source.
While Bryant is expected to miss another two weeks, he could possibly miss up to another month.
Bryant’s original diagnosis, on December 19th, was to miss approximately six weeks; this Thursday marks six weeks from the start of that timeline.
With the 2014 NBA All-Star game fast approaching, it looks like Bryant may indirectly get his wish of sitting out the game, despite being voted as a Western Conference starter by fans.
The Lakers, now 16-29 on the season, are too far out of the playoff race for Bryant’s return to matter much this season.
His return, however, will be necessary in proving to potential free agents that the ‘Black Mamba’ is still able to play at a high level. With an uncertain off-season on the horizon, a healthy Bryant is imperative to lure marquee free agents such as Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, etc to Los Angeles.
Bryant has refused to capitulate to the notion of sitting out the rest of this season, so stay tuned for a better understanding of Bryant’s health here in the next two weeks.