The Los Angeles Lakers announced today that shooting guard Kobe Bryant would miss the remainder of the 2014 season due to his ruptured knee. The decision was made after a re-examination of the athlete’s injury showed that his fracture was still not fully healed.
“Obviously this has been a frustrating and disappointing season, but I appreciate all the support I’ve received from the Lakers and the fans, and look forward to being back and ready for the start of training camp,” Bryant offered in a press release following the news.
This season has been on hard on the player, who first tore his Achilles tendon back in April of 2013, returned to the court in December of the same year and played six games before fracturing his knee in six places. Since then his return date has been moved several times as it became more apparent that the injury would not heal as easily as was expected.
“With Kobe’s injury still not healed, the amount of time he’d need to rehab and be ready to play, and the amount of time remaining in the season, we’ve simply run out of time for him to return,” Lakers trainer Gary Vitti commented. “However, Kobe will have the entire offseason to heal, rehab and prepare, and we look forward to him being 100% for the start of next season.
Things are looking bleak for Lakers; Kobe’s absence is just one in a series of mishaps for the team. With the season practically lost, fans will still have to endure what remains of the schedule. Looking forward there is hope: a fully recovered Kobe and money to spend. But certain issues must be addressed first: the Nash situation for one, as well as whether or not the team still has the capacity to lure top end talent.