The Lakers announced this late Thursday afternoon ET
and the news spread across Twitter immediately.
The big takeaways in the early moments after the news was announced:
- Xavier Henry will play point in his absence (Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar are still out with injuries),
- Kobe won’t need surgery, according to a tweet from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com,
- and a lot of people are bummed.
Bryant had played in six games this season, averaging 13.8 points and 6.3 assists since returning from an Achilles’ tendon injury he suffered late last season. In November, the 35-year-old Bryant signed a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension.