The Los Angeles Lakers and their fans had to be anxiously awaiting star guard Kobe Bryant’s meeting with a doctor this week to evaluate his recovery from a fractured lateral tibial plateau and put a timetable on his return. However, the meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday, hasn’t even happened yet and there already is some bad news.
According to a report from Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report, the Lakers star is still in so much discomfort and pain at this point that his visit with the doctor won’t even involve an MRI or diagnostic procedures of that sort. As a result, Bryant is going to be out of action for at least two more weeks at minimum and could be on the sideline for at least another month.
Bryant has been on the floor for just six games in the 2013-14 NBA season. He returned from a torn Achilles tendon that he suffered at the end of last season, but was only available for those six games before the fracture in his knee occurred.
Given Bryant’s resilience when it comes to pain throughout his career, there are two schools of thought when it comes to this current injury. For one, it must be something relatively serious if it’s causing him enough pain for him not to even undergo an MRI during his re-evaluation of the injury. Secondly, this could be Kobe being cautious in terms of him wanting to be around in coming seasons and able to play at somewhat of a high level.
The NBA moving on without Kobe this season has been a bit strange, but it’ll be even more interesting to see what the veteran star will look like when he does get back on the floor. Either way, it looks as if we’re going to have to wait even longer for that time to arrive.