It looks like Kobe Bryant will be out a little longer than expected thanks to the fractured knee he suffered December 17 against the Memphis Grizzlies. Bryant was expected to be re-evaluated later this month, but that is no longer the case as he revealed that he will now be looked at in February during his talk with Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters and the media prior to the Lakers game in Boston tonight:
Kobe has no plans to sit out the rest of the season. He’ll still be reevaluated in February
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) January 17, 2014
The Lakers have struggled mightily as of late and have very few people capable of creating their own shot. They recently signed D-League standout Manny Harris to a 10-day contract and will also be without leading scorer Nick Young tonight due to his altercation Wednesday night with the Phoenix Suns.
The Lakers have lost six straight games and 12 of their last 13 and are in dire need of something to turn the team around. Even though the playoffs seem like a longshot at this point, Bryant’s presence on the court and in the locker room could do a lot for the careers of the Lakers young players who are struggling without their leader.
Even though Bryant may not play at the level we all expect him to this season, it is important for him to get back on the court so he can get his legs under him and feel more confident. Workouts and practices help, but there is no substitute for real game time. Hopefully we will see Bryant back on the floor soon.
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