Bryant simply needs time off

It's a lost season for the Lakers, but their star can now make gains physically

Updated: March 12, 2014, 8:42 PM ET
By Dr. Mark Adickes | ESPN Insider

Kobe BryantAP Photo/Eugene HoshikoNow out for the season, Kobe Bryant should rest his left leg to heal both his knee and Achilles.

From a medical perspective, the Los Angeles Lakers' announcement that Kobe Bryant will not return to play this season was the correct decision. The fact is Bryant simply needs to do less right now.

When Bryant sustained the injury on Dec. 17, 2013, he initially thought he had just hyperextended his knee. It was later revealed as a left tibial fracture of his left knee, the same leg on which he suffered a torn Achilles tendon.