Kobe Bryant was voted as a starter for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in the Western Conference. However, shortly after he was announced as a starter last Thursday, the Los Angeles Lakers’ star guard said that he didn’t believe he deserved it as he’s played just six games over the course of this season and hasn’t done much at all. However, it doesn’t look like it will matter now.
On Tuesday before the Lakers matchup with the Indiana Pacers, Bryant was scheduled to be re-evaluated for a broken bone in his knee that he suffered on Dec. 17. However, news early this morning broke with the report that Bryant wouldn’t be returning anytime soon and wouldn’t even undergo an MRI or any diagnostic procedures due to how much pain he was still in.
Bryant still met with doctors before the game, though, and the news just got worse for the 18-year veteran and the Lakers. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Bryant will have his knee re-evaluated in three weeks, meaning that his return could still be a month away. That obviously eliminates any chance of him playing in the All-Star Game.
The initial timetable for Bryant’s return was set at six weeks, which is where we currently are in regards to his injury. His re-evaluation will be nine weeks away, meaning his return is more than likely going to be 10 weeks after he was first injured.
Though some people might look at this as an age thing for the 35-year-old, that’s not really the case with Kobe and this is more about this particular injury. A fracture of the lateral tibial plateau is relatively hard to predict in terms of when it will fully heal, as we saw with Yao Ming in years past. Though it’s unfortunate that all we’ve seen of Bryant this season is six games of mediocrity, I’m not of the belief that this is something to worry about in the long term.