The Los Angeles Lakers cannot catch a break.
After making a dramatic return from his Achilles injury against the Toronto Raptors on December 8, Kobe Bryant will once again miss time win an injury. Bryant will reportedly miss six weeks with a fractured tibia in his left knee.
The Black Mamba was injured in the third quarter during L.A.'s win on Tuesday night over the Memphis Grizzlies. Although Bryant managed to play in the fourth quarter, he was doing so with a fractured knee. However, Vino will not need surgery as the bone will heel on its own.
While the Lakers were just becoming accustomed to having Bryant back on the floor, L.A. will have to return to life without the 15-time All-Star.
With the injury of point guards Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar, the purple and gold are even in a deeper hole without a single floor general on the roster (unless you count recent addition of former lottery pick Kendall Marshall).
Furthermore, although it looks like Bryant's injury isn't worrisome as it could have potentially been, the 35-year-old is currently at a fragile state during his illustrious career. With tearing his Achilles tendon late last season, Kobe's body is starting to wear down. He has played in 1,465 NBA games and has logged an unbelievable 54,208 minutes.
As it turns out, even the Mamba is human.
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