Thursday, February 11, 2016

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is expected to sit for the remainder of the 2013-14 NBA season

It looks like Laker fans will have to wait a little longer to see their superstar back out on the court.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is expected to sit for the remainder of the 2013-14 NBA season

0 comments
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, left, watches from the<br />end of the bench as a teammate takes a shot during the first half of<br />an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla.,<br />Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant, left, watches from the end of the bench as a teammate takes a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

It looks like Laker fans will have to wait a little longer to see their superstar back out on the court.

Despite his initial desire to return, Kobe Bryant will stay sidelined for the remainder of the 2013-14 NBA season, according to multiple media reports.

Bryant last donned the purple-and-gold on December 17 in a game against the Grizzlies, where he sustained a fractural injury in his knee.

He had initially wanted to return from the injury in about six weeks, but the recovery process has taken longer than expected, and thus Kobe has been advised to shut it down for the season.

More coverage
Box score: Kings 112, Sixers 110
VOTE: How many games will the 76ers this season?
POLL: What should the 76ers do at the trade deadline?
Download FREE Philly Sports Now app for iPhone!
Forum: Does Hinkie have 76ers on right track?
Buy 76ers jerseys, memorabilia, and other gear
Latest Sixers videos

Before injuring his knee in December, Bryant had already missed the season’s first 19 games recovering from an Achilles injury; father time has his way with us all.

With the Lakers at the bottom of the barrel in the West, and only 18 games remaining, it makes sense for Bryant to stay sidelined, recover fully, and prepare for next season, which the Lakers hope, will go better than the past couple.

Bryant, for one, feels confident in the Lakers ability to quickly get back to contention.

“This offseason, with all the cap space, seems to be right in the Lakers’ wheelhouse, in terms of turning things around pretty quickly,” he stated. “We’ve never really faltered. We’ve normally made excellent decisions that put us back in contention.”

A healthy Bryant would help.

For the season, Bryant played in only six games, by far his lowest total as a pro, and averaged 13.8 point and 6.3 assists per game.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Pattison Ave. offers an eclectic mix of news and nuggets about Philadelphia sports and beyond. Live chats, analysis, random thoughts, viral videos, odds and ends -- you'll find it all here.

Ed Barkowitz Staff Writer
Bob Brookover Inquirer Columnist
Sam Donnellon Daily News Columnist
Frank Fitzpatrick Inquirer Columnist
Bob Ford Inquirer Columnist
Marcus Hayes Daily News Columnist
Mike Jensen Inquirer Columnist
Dick Jerardi Daily News Columnist
Vaughn Johnson Staff Writer
Mike Kern Staff Writer
David Murphy Staff Writer
Lou Rabito Staff Writer
David Sell Staff Writer
Mike Sielski Inquirer Columnist
Jonathan Tannenwald Staff Writer
Rob Tornoe Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter