- Joe Kaiser, Fantasy, Insider
Even with a healthy Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers faced an uphill battle to make the playoffs this season. Entering Thursday, Hollinger's NBA Playoff Odds put the Lakers' playoff chances at only 9.0 percent.
But following the news today of Bryant's fractured left knee, which is expected to keep him out six weeks, and the similarly gloomy update on Steve Nash -- who'll be out at least another four weeks -- that 9 percent chance just got a whole lot smaller.
Perhaps even small enough to send the Lakers into all-out sell mode as we head into the NBA's trade season.