After playing only six games this season, Kobe Bryant went down with a knee fracture against the Memphis Grizzlies and was on the shelf once again. Unfortunately, Bryant's recovery process from the knee injury hasn't been as quick as expected with the superstar guard expected to miss at least two more weeks according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report on Jan. 27:
Bryant is expected to miss at least two more weeks, perhaps even another month.
With the Lakers struggling to play consistently well and losing 13 of their last 16 games, rushing Bryant back into the lineup doesn't really make sense. Bryant should take his time and come back fully healthy. Although it may be only a few more weeks before he returns, it's a smart move to take those weeks or even a month to get back to a 100 percent before getting back to a team so far out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference.
Along with Bryant being out a little while longer, the Lakers will be without Steve Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar and Xavier Henry as well.
Ironically enough, Nash may be the nearest to a return to the floor. Nash was thought to possibly be able to return against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, but has been ruled out and might return against the Charlotte Bobcats instead.
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