The Los Angeles Lakers announced today via their Twitter feed that Kobe Bryant will be out 6 weeks with a left knee injury.
Injury Update: Kobe Bryant has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. He is expected to miss 6 weeks.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 19, 2013
Kobe Bryant appeared to have injured his left knee on a drive at the 3:25 mark of the the 3rd of Tuesday’s nights win against the Memphis Grizzlies. Kobe fell to the floor winching in pain. Following the play, Kobe remained hunched over for a few seconds, holding his left knee and looking over the Lakers bench with a concerned look on his face. It appeared all was fine as Kobe returned to the game following the time out and finished off the game in the 4th, even hitting a deep 3 pointer in the tense closing minutes of the game.
The injury will hit the Lakers team hard as they are already missing Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar due to injury. Xavier Henry is the likely candidate to replace Kobe in the starting line up and take over the point guard duties until one of the 3 point guards return.
The Lakers face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday at Staples Center.
– Fern Rea