UPDATE (4:05 PM PT): Kobe Bryant left to France for a short anniversary trip and also plans to visit a doctor in Germany for a check-up via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) April 16, 2014
Most Los Angeles Lakers fans are happy to get this terrible season over with. Kobe Bryant apparently is in the same boat.
According to the LA Times’ Mike Bresnahan, Bryant went to France with his family members to begin his off-season a little early:
Bryant went to France with family members either Tuesday or Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times has learned. The Lakers conclude their season Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs. A team spokesman said he was unaware of the situation and referred a reporter to Bryant’s agent, Rob Pelinka, who did not immediately return a phone call
Bryant obviously was not going to play in tonight’s game, and probably would not have traveled to San Antonio with the team anyway, but it is still a little odd to see someone possibly on vacation before the season has ended.
It is unknown if upper management or teammates were aware that Bryant would be heading to France, but Bryant is sure to get right back to work once he returns. If he plans on returning at a high level, he will have to.
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