Kobe Bryant Injury: Updates on Lakers Star’s Knee and Recovery

Updates from Thursday, Dec. 19

Kobe Bryant's knee injury is much more serious than originally anticipated. The Los Angeles Lakers announced the disappointing news:

Injury Update: Kobe Bryant has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. He is expected to miss 6 weeks.

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 19, 2013 Kobe Tweeted about the news:


— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) December 19, 2013 Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com and Mike Trudell of Lakers.com provide context for the injury:

Kobe hyperextended the knee in third quarter, meaning he played 4th quarter with fracture in knee

— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) December 19, 2013 The play in question came as he was backing Tony Allen down into the post, and appeared to hyper-extend the knee.

— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 19, 2013 CBS Sports' Ken Berger has more details on Bryant's rehab plan:

Kobe Bryant will not need surgery on his leg fracture, league source tells @CBSSports: "The bone will heal."

— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) December 19, 2013 The Lakers pass along Mike D'Antoni's thoughts on the situation:

D’Antoni: “You hate it for Kobe. He’s worked so hard to get back.” @XavierHenry will take over PG duties for the short-handed Lakers.

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 19, 2013 Read more Los Angeles Lakers news on BleacherReport.com


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