Leg fracture knocks Kobe Bryant out 6 more weeks

Kobe Bryant's comeback bid has been put on hold unfortunately.

The Lakers announced Bryant will miss the next six weeks with a fracture in his left knee. The injury occurred when he hyperextended his knee in Tuesday's win in Memphis. The injury occurred to his surgically repaired right leg that had him rehabbing his Achilles all summer.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who hyperextended his left knee in Tuesday night’s game at Memphis, had an MRI exam this morning and was examined by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Results of the MRI show that Bryant has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau of his knee. He is expected to be out approximately six weeks.

Bryant will certianly not like this setback.

He missed the first 19 games of the season recovering from the ruptured Achilles that had everyone wondering if his career was over. He played in six games with mixed results — averaging 13.8 points per game and shooting 42.5 percent from the floor. His 6.3 assists per game were among his best career numbers as he played point guard with the Lakers hurting at that position.

Los Angeles was a .500 team before Bryant and they might relegated to mediocrity now without him for a few weeks. That could mean Pau Gasol is set up to be featured again. It could mean the Lakers will go shopping looking to make this roster work when Bryant returns.

The Lakers have a lot of questions yet to answer with and without Kobe. It will be even more difficult now.

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