- Tom Haberstroh, ESPN Staff Writer
If the nascent NBA season didn't have enough bummers already, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday afternoon that Kobe Bryant would miss six weeks due to a fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.
Bryant had just returned from a long offseason rehabbing from a ruptured Achilles tendon in the same leg. Remarkably, Bryant played more than seven minutes against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night with a broken knee and hit a key 3-pointer, which doesn't seem humanly possible. Bryant finished the game with 21 points, 4 assists and 5 rebounds.
The injury rocked the NBA world and changed the short-term and long-term outlook for the Lakers franchise. You have questions. We have answers. Let's get to it.
21hSteve Ilardi and Jeremias Engelmann