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Kobe Bryant to Miss All-Star Game Due to Knee Injury

Kobe Bryant's return from a knee injury was delayed at least three more weeks, the Lakers announced on Tuesday night.



    Kobe Bryant will miss the All-Star Game after the Los Angeles Lakers announced the 35-year-old shooting guard will not be examined for another three weeks. Late Tuesday night, the Lakers announced that Bryant was examined by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo prior to Tuesday's loss to the Indiana Pacers.

    Kobe Bryant Talks at Lakers Practice - Oct. 24, 2013

    [LA] Kobe Bryant at Lakers Practice - 10/24/2013
    Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who is currently injured, talked about his recovery at Lakers practice. (Published Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013)

    Bryant still had pain and swelling in his left knee, and he expected to continue a “program of non-weight bearing exercise.” In other words, the Lakers’ superstar will spend another three weeks pedaling on a stationary bicycle.

    Kobe Bryant Post-Game Press Conf - Suns

    [LA] Kobe Bryant Post-Game Suns - Dec 10, 2013
    Kobe Bryant sat down with the Los Angeles media and discussed his second game back with the Lakers following a devastating Achilles injury. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013)

    Bryant originally returned to action from an Achilles injury after eight months on the sidelines. After six games on the court, the five-time champion suffered a fracture during the Dec. 17 win against the Memphis Grizzlies. Bryant scored 21 points in that game and played until the final buzzer sounded.

    Two days later, however, an MRI revealed a fracture in Bryant’s left knee. He was expected to miss approximately six weeks from the Dec. 19 announcement. Two days shy of six weeks, the Lakers announced Bryant was still three weeks away from his next examination, and he will likely return to game action no sooner than a couple weeks after that.

    Kobe Bryant Talks Playing Point Guard

    [LA] Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol On Blakes' Injury - Lakers Practice
    Lakers practice featured news that Steve Blake would be out a minimum of six weeks, and Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol talked about the adjustments required. (Published Friday, Dec. 13, 2013)

    With the NBA All-Star Game taking place on Feb. 16, Bryant’s next trip to the doctor should come the week following the exhibition game. He was voted in by the fans for a  potential 16th straight appearance, but Bryant expressed hesitation and frankly stated that he did not deserve the honor.

    Bryant’s inability to take part in the All-Star Game means the Lakers will likely not send a single player to the All-Star Game. The last time the Lakers did not have an All-Star representative was the 1996 NBA All-Star Game, the year before Bryant joined the team.