(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was examined by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo on Friday. It was determined that he will miss at least three more weeks before being re-evaluated because of continued pain, swelling and soreness in his injured left knee.
After the team’s 101-92 win over the Boston Celtics on Friday night, head coach Mike D’Antoni was asked if there’s even a chance Bryant returns at all this season.
“I don’t know,” D’Antoni said. “That’s out of my hands. We’ll see. I have no answer to that one.”
By the time Bryant is re-evaluted in March, the Lakers will have less than 20 regular-season games remaining. If they don’t make a late playoff push, it may not make sense for Bryant to work his way back to only play in a few games.
Bryant has appeared in only six games for the Lakers this season, averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists, and 4.3 rebounds. He has been sidelined since Dec. 17 with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in the knee.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News