Kobe Bryant out six weeks with knee injury

Kobe Bryant out six weeks with knee injury
December 19, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Kobe Bryant answered questions in the Verizon Center media room on November 26 regarding his pending return from a torn Achilles injury and new massive contract extension.

Twelve days later, the five-time NBA champion made his season debut. Now, one week before Christmas, the Lakers star is back on the injury list yet again.

Bryant has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, the Lakers announced on Thursday afternoon. He is expected to miss 6 weeks.

Talk about your lump of coal.

Bryant averaged 13.8 points in six games since he returned. There have crazy amounts of turnovers and the Lakers only went 2-4 in that stretch. However, Los Angeles (12-13) won two of its last three games including Tuesday's 96-92 win at Memphis. Bryant scored 21 points in 33 minutes, but twisted his knee during the game.

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Despite the age, injuries and miles from a 17-year career, the Lakers signed Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million extension.

"It makes me want to run through a wall for them," Bryant said at the Verizon Center during his first press conference after signing the deal. "It adds more fuel to the fire to be able to come out and prove to everybody that they're right. Everybody else is wrong."