Kobe Bryant was examined by Lakers’ doctors Wednesday and has ruled out for the rest of the 2013-14 NBA season.
Lakers’ head athletic trainer, Gary Vitti, gave an update on his recovery process:
“Kobe will have the entire offseason to heal, rehab and prepare; we look forward to him being 100% for the start of next season.”
Bryant also made a short statement to the media Wednesday.“Obviously this has been a frustrating and disappointing season, but I appreciate all the support I’ve received from the Lakers and the fans, and look forward to being back and ready for the start of training camp.”
Bryant fractured his lateral tibial plateau in his left knee just 6 games after returning from an Achilles injury that left him out of commission for 8 months. He was originally projected to only miss an additional 6 weeks, but after little progress his return was delayed. In a recent interview with Kustoo.com’s Jacques Slade, Bryant expressed frustration with his rehab:
“It’s progressing slowly. It really tests my patience”
This devastating news comes at no surprise to most Laker fans who have long suggested Bryant sit out this lost season anyway. With 18 games left in the season, the Lakers are in a three-way tie for the last spot in the Western Conference at 22-42.