LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against P.J. Tucker #17 of the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on December 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
After battling through an Achilles injury that sidelined him for the start of the season, Kobe Bryant has suffered another setback that will keep him out of the Lakers lineup for about six weeks.
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Bryant suffered a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, according to the team.
"You hate it for Kobe. He’s worked so hard to get back," coach Mike D'Antoni said Thursday.
Bryant injured the knee during the Lakers' Tuesday win over Memphis, according to the team. An MRI exam revealed Bryant likely played about half the game with the injury, according to ESPN.
Bryant, 35, had just returned Dec. 8 from a torn Achilles suffered late last season.
He has averaged 13.8 points since his return.
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