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|Kobe Bryant begins six-month training program |
|by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com|
(4/21/14) A frustrating season of watching from the sidelines has ended for Kobe Bryant, and the Lakers' franchise guard began a six-month training program Monday to rehabilitate his injured left knee, ESPN Los Angeles reports.
Byrant was cleared for running and shooting for his first training session Monday. He played in just six games last season between returning from offseason Achilles surgery and fracturing his left kneecap. He averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 5.7 turnovers in those six games.
|Kobe Bryant's season officially over |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(3/12/14) The Lakers confirmed what has long been suspected Wednesday, as they ruled out guard Kobe Bryant for the season.
Bryant continues to make slow progress in his recovery from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, and the recovery has moved slowly enough that the team could not establish a timeline that would see Bryant back on the floor this season. Bryant is expected to be fully recovered in time for the start of next season, after being limited to just six games between this knee injury as well as recovery from a ruptured Achilles.
Bryant finished his truncated season averaging 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists, while turning the ball over 5.7 times. He will be 36 by the time next season starts, and still has two season remaining on a contract extension signed earlier this season.
|Report: Kobe Bryant's season already over |
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(3/11/14) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has always held out hope for being able to return at some point this season, but progress in his recovery from a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee continues to go slow. According to BleacherReport.com Tuesday, Bryant is expected to be ruled out for the rest of the season sometime this week, after a re-examination by team doctor Steve Lombardo.
Bryant has been limited to just six games this season, as he suffered the knee injury shortly after his return from a torn left Achilles. According to the report, Bryant continues to deal with discomfort in the knee which will lead the team to shut him down shortly.
Bryant will be 36 next season, and is set to make $48.5 million over the next two seasons.
|Kobe Bryant will be re-evaluated in three weeks |
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
(2/22/14) Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was examined on Friday and is still experiencing pain, swelling and soreness in his knee. He is expected to be re-evaluated in approximately three weeks, according to the team's official website.
Bryant has been sidelined since Dec. 19 with a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left leg. He remains hopeful of returning to the floor again this season. He has played in just six games this season, averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
|Lakers won't push Kobe Bryant to return this season |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(2/21/14) The Lakers won't push Kobe Bryant to return to the court this season, ESPNLosAngeles.com reports.
"We're not going to push him to get back," general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "I don't see why you would. We've made a commitment to him for two more years, and I just don't know why we'd do that [push him to come back]. But if he feels he's ready and he's in shape and he gets the doctor's approval, then there's no reason why he couldn't do that."
The team is hopeful Bryant will be able to return and perform well with the idea of giving potential free agents something to think about when choosing a new team. He has played in just six games this season, averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game.
|For years, 35-year-old Kobe Bryant has been outrunning Father Time, remaining an elite player in both Fantasy and real life. Unfortunately, his more than 1,400 career games caught up with him in an instant last April, as Bryant suffered a torn Achilles that ended his season and required surgery to repair. Though all indications are that Bryant is aiming for a return by the start of the regular season, Achilles injuries are notoriously difficult for older players to come back from. Bryant still averaged 27.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game a year ago, but overcoming this issue and returning to play at a high level is a lot to ask at his age. Though we aren’t going to bet against Bryant, it is best to temper expectations as Bryant enters his 18th season. Fantasy owners can still look for Bryant in the first few rounds, but he is certainly a risky option on Draft Day.
(Updated 8/27/13) |
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