News

Lakers’ Bryant out for rest of season

Lakers’ Bryant out for rest of season

OUT FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON: Bryant, 35, has not played since Dec. 17 when he fractured his knee during a game against Memphis after having missed the first 19 games of the 2013-14 NBA season recovering from a torn Achilles from last April. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Hobbled five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the rest of the season, putting a crowning blow on an abysmal year for the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.

Bryant, 35, has not played since Dec. 17 when he fractured his knee during a game against Memphis after having missed the first 19 games of the 2013-14 NBA season recovering from a torn Achilles from last April.

Should Bryant miss the rest of the season, as first reported by Bleacher Report, he would have played six games this season for the Lakers, who have sagged to a 22-42 mark after posting a 45-37 record last season.

The Lakers have 18 games left and stand 15.5 games out of the eighth and last playoff berth in the Western Conference.

Bryant is not accompanying the team on its current trip to Oklahoma City and San Antonio, staying back to be reevaluated by the team doctor, Bleacher Report said.

Sixteen-times NBA All-Star Bryant, so dominant a force on the NBA stage that he was still elected to a place on this season’s All-Star game, which he declined, has averaged 13.8 points and 6.3 assists in his abbreviated action.

Bryant is expected to return to the Lakers next season after having signed a two-year contract extension earlier this season.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)

Latest Stories

28 mins ago in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: Feb. 12

Fresh
hammer

A look back at some of Hollywood's most memorable moments.

6 hours ago in Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Man Holds Up Credit Union In Louisa

Updated
Louisa County Sheriff's Badge

The Zion Crossroads branch of the University of Virginia Community Credit Union was robbed Thursday afternoon.

7 hours ago in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Bonnie Santiago Might Be Dead

Updated
Santiago Bonnie 71514

Area law enforcement agencies believe Bonnie Santiago, who's been missing since July 2014, is probably dead.

8 hours ago in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Silva Will Remain Behind Bars

Updated
Silva Brian Michael 010316 (sent to us)

Bryan Michael Silva, who barricaded himself in his house last month, will remain in jail.

9 hours ago in Albemarle County, Charlottesville City, Election, Local, Surrounding Counties, UVA

Webb Won’t Run For President

Updated
WebbJim042706

Jim Webb, who once represented Virginia in the U.S. Senate, says he won't be an independent candidate for President.