Kobe Bryant will miss at least three more weeks as he recovers from his left knee injury, the Lakers announced Tuesday. Bryant was evaluated by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo and still has pain and swelling in his left knee.
Bryant will continue with a program of non-weight bearing exercise, consisting mostly of working out on a stationary bike. He will be examined again in approximately three weeks..
It is a tough blow for the Lakers, as they were hopeful that Bryant would return before the All-Star break. Bryant will certainly miss the All-Star game and could miss the rest of February.
It is important to remember that it is at least three weeks until he is re-evaluated. If cleared after three weeks, he would still need another two or three weeks of conditioning before he steps back onto the court.