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Lakers News: Kobe Bryant 'down' and frustrated with latest injury setback

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 16: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 16, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 16: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 16, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Superstar Kobe Bryant has only played in six games during the 2013-14 NBA season and it might be a while longer until he's back on the floor for the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant will now miss at least three more weeks with the knee injury and is clearly frustrated by the setback. The five-time NBA champion spoke with Melissa Rohlin of the L.A. Times on Jan. 28 about the recent setback:

"[I'm] down about it," Bryant said following the team's 104-92 loss to the Pacers.

Initially, Bryant was expected to miss six weeks with the knee injury, but after being examined on Tuesday night, the superstar may miss a month or more.

Bryant gave some details on how his knee in is doing via Rohlin:

"It's like an internal swelling," Bryant said. "It's different. It's not something that's kind of on the surface where you can pinpoint and feel the swelling around. It's deep in there."

Along with Bryant being on the shelf for another three weeks, the Lakers are also dealing with numerous injuries in the backcourt. Although Steve Nash appears to be nearing a return to the floor, the Lakers are currently still without Jordan Farmar, Steve Blake and Xavier Henry.

Needless to say, the injuries have piled up on the Lakers this season and can be partially to blame for the team's struggles thus far.

With Bryant being on the shelf longer than expected, the future Hall of Famer said the following about his current mindset via Rohlin:

"Just trying to be patient, trying to be calm, just trying to take it a day at a time," he said. "I've been through worse. The Achilles was much, much worse ... With the Achilles, I couldn't move at all. With this one, at least I can walk around a little bit, at least I can do the bike, do something active. Just trying to find the positive in it."

While Bryant tries to keep his cool and remain positive throughout the recovery process, head coach Mike D'Antoni and company will try to figure out a way to right the ship in Los Angeles. The team is coming off the longest road trip of the season, but will be headed back on the road next week for a three-game streak.

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