The Los Angeles Lakers announced that guard Kobe Bryant has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee and is expected to miss six weeks.
Bryant had played just six games this season after returning from a torn Achilles tendon injury. Bryant said following a 96-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday that he “twisted” his left knee and it was a “little stiff,” but he expected to play Friday against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Instead, Bryant could be out until February after averaging 13.8 points this season as well as 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds.
"You hate it for Kobe. He's worked so hard to get back," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said.
The Lakers also have three point guards out in Steve Nash (back), Steve Blake (elbow) and Jordan Farmar (elbow). With Bryant also hurt, the Lakers will go to Xavier Henry as an emergency point guard.
Kobe went down at the 3:25 mark of the third quarter against Memphis and returned to action. He finished with 21 points.