Kobe Bryant will be out for about 6 weeks due to a knee injury. (Facebook/LA Lakers)
“Broken not beaten.”
That’s what Kobe Bryant tweeted out to his 3,965,201 followers following the news of his injury.
It seems that despite the small rays of sunshine that showed during the Lakers season, the dark cloud still remains over the organization. More bad news rained down on the Lakers as Bryant is expected to be out for six weeks with a knee injury.
Bryant had an MRI on Thursday that showed he has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau of his knee. Bryant just recently came back after missing eight months with an Achilles tendon injury.
“Hard to believe at first,” said Lakers Pau Gasol. “Tough news, tough break again especially after having an injury last year, [and] now this set back. We’re just going to have to figure it out without him.”
Bryant hyperextented his left knee during Tuesday night’s game versus the Memphis Grizzlies. With 3:25 left in the third, Bryant went down but managed to remain in the game. He finished matching his season-high with 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting.
The Lakers are running out of point guards as Steve Nash is also expected to be out an additional four weeks. Nash is still dealing with nerve root irritation in his back.
The list just seems to get longer as the season goes on. Lakers Jordan Farmar was examined on Thursday and had an ultrasound. Results show that there is progress in his torn left hamstring, but that he has not properly healed yet.
Farmar is expected to be out another week. Farmar injured his hamstring during the first half of the Lakers game versus the Portland Trail Blazers.
Lakers guard Steve Blake had an MRI earlier this week and was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He is expected to be out a minimum of six weeks also. Blake suffered the injury in the second half of the Lakers vs. Sacramento game on November 24.
Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said on Thursday that Xavier Henry is expected to step up at the point guard position. Still in an attempt to supply reinforcements the Lakers have signed former NBA lottery pick Kendall Marshall.
Marshall was the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft. During his time with the Delaware 87ers in the NBA Development League, he averaged 19.7 points and 9.6 assists per game.