Superstar Kobe Bryant suffered another injury this week that will keep him off the floor for six weeks after only playing six games since returning from the worst injury of his NBA career.
With Bryant set to miss a month and half, Pau Gasol chimes in about his longtime teammate and believes he’ll bounce back once again via ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne:
Pau on Kobe: "He’s tough enough. He’ll get through it and be back, and ready to play."
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) December 19, 2013
Bryant suffering another injury that will keep him out a considerable amount of time has created a lot speculation on if he should consider shutting it down for the rest of the year. The Lakers are currently sitting at 12-13 on the season with little hope of clinching a playoff spot in an extremely competitive Western Conference.
With the team potentially looking at a season without a playoff berth or another first-round exit, Bryant ending his season prematurely might be the smart move. Despite the fact that Bryant might benefit from shutting it down, it’s not in the perennial All-Star’s DNA as he simply won’t give in if there is a shred of hope of returning.
The five-time NBA champion missed eight months before finally being able to get back on the floor for the Lakers. Missing six weeks is nothing in comparison, and with that being said, it’s highly likely we’ll see Bryant back on the floor at some point later in the season.
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