Kobe Fractures Knee, Out Six Weeks

NBA.com | Hang Time Blog

HANG TIME SOUTHWEST — Six games into his return from an Achilles’ tendon tear, Kobe Bryant is expected to miss six weeks with a fractured left knee, the team announced Thursday afternoon via Twitter.

Bryant suffered a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau, brutal news for a Los Angeles Lakers team that is already depleted at point guard and struggling to get back to .500. Coach Mike D’Antoni said Xavier Henry will assume those duties and will start alongside Jodie Meeks when the Lakers next play Friday night at home against Minnesota.

The Lakers (12-13) were 2-4 in Bryant’s return and coming off a 2-2 road trip. Bryant was beginning to show signs of regaining his endurance, logging 32, 32…

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