Kobe Byrant has successful shoulder surgery.

Projected recovery time is 9 months for Kobe Bryant

(Photo via SI.com)

Kobe Bryant had successful surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff on Wednesday which officially has ruled him out for the rest of the 2014-15 season.

Bryant was in good sprites after surgery, even finding time to thank all those that wished him well with a picture of him in a sling on Instagram.

The 9 month recovery period will mean that he is expected to be ready for the start of the preseason but might miss training camp which will open sometime in mid-September.

The Lakers are 2-9 without Bryant this season and currently on a 9 game losing streak. The Lakers’ record stands at 12-34 prior to facing the Chicago Bulls on Thursday at Staples Center.

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