Report: Kobe To Miss 2 More Weeks

From NBA.com staff reports

The Lakers seemed to be getting some better news in regards to their walking-wounded crew, what with Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake being cleared to resume basketball-related activities and Steve Nash getting somewhat closer to a return. While those players coming back is nice for Los Angeles, the one name Lakers’ fans have been clamoring to see back on the court is Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Bryant (Layne Murdoch/NBAE)

Kobe Bryant (Layne Murdoch/NBAE)

They’ll have to wait at least a few weeks longer. BleacherReport.com’s Kevin Ding reports that Bryant will miss two to four more additional weeks to heal up from his knee fracture:

If you’re not accustomed by now to Kobe Bryant sitting out and the Los Angeles Lakers losing, weeks more are still to come.

The fractured lateral tibial plateau in Bryant’s left knee hasn’t healed yet, even though the Lakers had initially been pointing to a medical re-evaluation Tuesday as a point at which he might be cleared to play. Bryant’s level of discomfort is such that his visit with Lakers doctor Steve Lombardo on Tuesday evening before the Lakers face the Indiana Pacers will not even include an MRI or any other diagnostic procedure to judge the bone’s healing, according to a team source.

Bryant is expected to miss at least two more weeks, perhaps even another month.

The Lakers are 4-16 since Bryant’s knee fracture was diagnosed and will struggle to turn that around without him, although injured point guards Steve Nash and Jordan Farmar might be back next week.

Bryant has been reluctant to start the Feb. 16 All-Star Game in New Orleans after being voted in by the fans. That matter seems likely now to resolve itself: If Bryant isn’t back for the Lakers by then, he won’t have to play at all in the All-Star Game and the NBA will name an injury replacement for him. If Bryant misses another two weeks exactly, that would leave two Lakers games for him to play before the All-Star break.

Bryant’s original diagnosis was to miss approximately six weeks; Thursday marks six weeks from that announcement.

At 16-29, the Lakers are tied with the Utah Jazz for the second-worst record in the conference. Nash, for his part, told Ding that he feels like he’s ready to go and help L.A. climb out of this massive hole. But when he and Bryant will team up on the court again remains to be seen.

A bearded Nash, looking fresh out of a Rocky workout montage, said Monday that he might actually be good to go. Like Bryant, he has played only six games this season—although the two of them have never played together—because of a major nerve-root issue in his back that has limited his legs.

“I don’t feel the nerve irritation,” Nash said Monday after returning from his latest extended rehab session in Vancouver. “Thus far, as I’ve ramped up training and rehab, I’ve been able to sustain more and more demands, so that we feel like it’s safe to practice now.”

But in a scene that epitomized everything about Nash’s two seasons as a Laker, he had only a handful of minutes of optimism Monday morning about his progress before another setback.

“Woke up, jumped out of bed, ready to go,” he said. “I reached for something and kind of tweaked something.”

Nash said the tweak, unrelated to the nerve irritation, is “fine” and he intends to go through Lakers practice Thursday, though he doesn’t expect to play Friday night against the Charlotte Bobcats, the Lakers’ last game before that trip to Minnesota, Cleveland and Philadelphia begins next Tuesday.

Regardless of how Nash heals up, Kobe’s comeback being put on hold puts another damper on a difficult season for Los Angeles.

35 Comments

  1. Fefe (Nets) says:

    If Adam Silver doesn’t pick up DRAGIC (most deserving, carrying surprising Suns 29-18 in the though Western Conference) it would be very shocking to me.

    Davis is the hometown kid and he’s ballin, but he will be an All-Star for multiple years & with a team stacked with talent (ok many got injured) they have a negative record (20-27). DeMarcus Cousins is ballin too, but the Kings are ugly.

    + Dragic is a guard (point guard but can play the SG too) – so it’s the NATURAL injury replacement pick here.

  2. TheDragon says:

    Kobe is OUT might as well put Dragic as a reserved.. :)

  3. Quantaz Davis says:

    Stop On Jan 28, 2014 11:16 AM, “Hang Time Blog with Sekou Smith | NBA.com” wrote: > > NBA.com staff posted: “From NBA.com staff reports The Lakers seemed to be getting some better news in regards to their walking-wounded crew, what with Jordan Farmar and Steve Blake being cleared to resume basketball-related activities and Steve Nash getting somewhat closer t” >

  4. okc2014 says:

    Is Kobe “faking” us out by these continual extensions? Maybe he has no real intention to return. How about those apples? Sometimes it’s hard for the mighty to fall. So they string you along. I’m actually starting to feel bad for the Lakers. I’m not calling them Fakers anymore because I don’t think they are faking at this point. This is the real thing. They stink.

  5. Aaron says:

    The Lakers screwed up with personnel decisions when they traded LO and they haven’t been able to recover. The trade of Bynum for D12 would have been much better with a lineup of Nash, Kobe, LO, D12 and Gasol…and oh yeah Phil Jackson coaching. I agree that they are tanking discreetly. Nash Kobe Melo Gasol KLove and some young phenom

  6. Trade Gasol? what hes been there best player this season, yes he is abit soft in centre position. Hes a natural pf! He needs big man help who can defend, block shots and grab boards, so gasol doesnt have to do as much and be an offensive threat that he is. Problem is he can’t do it all gets to tired and run down. Gasol a smart veteran whos still capable of good ball. Nash great career but 2 risky keeping him with his health these days and weak defence on other top pgs. Lakers need to become defensive force and concentrate on getting centre help and slow tempo up at times and become more of a half court ball team when kobes back. Why dont they play Kamen?

  7. Trade Gasol? what hes been there best player this season, yes he is abit soft in centre position. Hes a natural pf! He needs big man help who can defend, block shots and grab boards, so gasol doesnt have to do as much and be an offensive threat that he is. Problem is he can’t do it all gets to tired and run down. Gasol a smart veteran whos still capable of good ball. Nash great career but 2 risky keeping him with his health these days and weak defence on other top pgs. Lakers need to become defensive force and concentrate on getting centre help and slow tempo up at times and become more of a half court ball team when kobes back. Why dont they play Kamen? he puts up decent numbers and seems to play well when on court. Bad coaching? secretely or not so secretely tanking? not that kamen would win you many games but could help if playing

  8. ron d says:

    It may take years for the Laker’s to recover but one thing is sure about proud franchises and great leaders (Pat Riley for example, a former Laker coach), they always come back in winning form. A formula that has proven success time and time again. Maybe another 10, 15 years before they rise again, maybe sooner. Don’t forget, Kobe has 5 rings. Who will be next…?
    I have been blessed with seeing so many championship victories of the Lakers that I know it will happen again and again…it’s like one of the great franchises of the world- Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man U..

  9. margie says:

    get well asap KOBE…the team is playing ok esp.w/ efforts fr.these new young members/players –they just need a leader & better coaching on the last few remaining critical minutes of d game on how they can maintain , keep up w/ d scoring thus eventually WIN !!

  10. emevipeelad234 says:

    a comeback in 2 weeks, nice ! but i don’t want a comeback in 2 weeks, then 3 weeks on the court, then injury because now you decided to come back in 2 weeks instead of 3 or 4. or 5. when you are ready, comeback. it’s your body

  11. Michael says:

    Kobe overrated are you kidding me?

  12. Randy Galloway says:

    Lakers organization is not stupid. Remember but for an unfortunate decision CP3, & D12 would be Lakers. They are discreetly tanking for a lottery pick, rest Kobe (can you imagine what a year of rest will do for an 35 yr old. D Wade looks like a different player after two days of rest) Cut or trade the contract for Nash. Trade Pau (I think he has some value) for a young player and or draft pick ( Hello Phoenix/Dallas/Cleveland/Brooklyn/Detriot etc. I hear you want to make noise in the playoffs). The team now would make a great bench. There’s about 4-6 guys on min. salary they will keep plus Jordan Hill who has one of the leagues best PER ratings. Its not good now and it won’t 180 overnight but the foundation is there for a quick turnaround. Cap space the next 3 years also.

  13. Heat says:

    jason kidd is 10x better than nash at 40.

  14. maaahhhh!!!! says:

    I suppose we’re gonna get another second by second countdown to Bryant returning. This guy is extremely over-rated and over-hyped and the Lakers will not be any better with him in the team.

  15. LakersALLday says:

    Kobe should just sit out all season even if he comes back we probably wont make it to the playoffs an if we do im sure we wont win a ring. so just sit out trade Nash trade Pau pick up some good players over the summer an hope to get a good draft pick or two.

  16. Justin13 says:

    Get out of here, you guys are haters. They are paying him close to the veterans min. anyway, and if he could get healthy he could do something. HE IS A HALL OF FAME PG. Even though his body is breaking down, and he may not be able to do some things he could b4, he has forgotten more about playing PG than you guys have EVER KNOWN about Basketball in your life. #NuffSaid

    • R-Lo says:

      The veteran’s minimum??? Do you know anything? He signed a three year contract for $27 million!!! That’s $9 million a year and the veteran’s minimum is $1.3 million a year. Educate yourself before you speak. The Fakers are done for a long time. No draft pick this year will help them.

      • James says:

        the right pick could help them in several ways, if they get a high pick they can either trade for immediate help or look to rebuild – its a very good draft coming up. also, they only have a few players under contract past this season so they will have lots of cap room and a clean roster to rebuild. with owners willing to spend the $ to win you will always rebuild fast

  17. JonP says:

    How delusional can laker haters be? The fall of the franchise??
    The one season before the talked about draft, n the lakers suddenly have all these players injured. N it was supposed to be 4 week injuries, yet they find something else wrong with them? If that doesnt show u a tabking season look at the coach, not playing players like hill or kaman that can guard the post and actually rebound
    Enjoy this “fall”, cuz the lakers are investing on this season and we’ll see what they have coming

  18. Give it up man says:

    When you can’t reach down without tweaking something its time to call t a career. And stop sleeping in a bed, sleep on the floor like we should. It would probably do wonders for your back.

  19. Mr.Spencer says:

    TheSpectator, the lakers will be back, they have a great offseason ahead of them. Milen I believe the Lakers likely will use the provision on Nash, no doubt about that one.

    • James says:

      they cant use “the provision” on nash AKA the amnesty – they already used it on MWP this last off season and teams only get 1 each, also, they can only amnesty a person who was under contract when the lockout ended.

      • Close said it right says:

        The Amnesty provision ain’t open to LaLa Land.. but the Stretch provision is. Basically, what the Stretch provision allows, is for the franchise to: (1) cut a player and, (2) “stretch” that player’s salary over the remainder of the player’s contract x2 – plus one extra year. For example, if contract is 1 yr remaining @ $9M (not what Nash’s salary is – just used for example), the salary is stretched over 2 yrs + 1 = 3yrs. So effectively, player cut from roster gets $3M over 3 years – while not even being in squad! Not a bad deal for (example) Nash .. who ain’t even playing anyhow.

  20. chris says:

    lakers are the laughing stock of the nba

  21. S Heester says:

    Retire already…

  22. thespectator says:

    the fall of the lakers…sad to see it but its here and will be for a very long time

  23. Milen says:

    I pray to the good Lord the Lakers will be smart enough to use the extension or whatever its name is, provision, to get rid of Nash… why does not he try some para-basketball? No disrespect to the handicapped, but it looks like the only way for him to play basketball is in a wheel chair… gosh, when will he realiza that enough is enough… he has been `battling`and `rehabing` since Jim Buss was dumb enough to sign him for three (???????????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) years…. the man is 40…. time to call it a career

    • louis nuno says:

      lakers need to tank it and get some high lottery picks

    • pKone says:

      At this rate Nash will see the court before Kobe, are you also suggesting Kobe fit himself for a new career? Two serious lower leg injuries in a short period of time AND a contract that makes Nash’s look like coins you found in your couch cushions.

      And the clause you are looking for is the Amnesty clause (I think, call me out if I am wrong). And in truth a few months ago people were clamoring for the Lakers to use it on…. drum roll…. KOBE!

      So with both Nash and Kobe on the shelf, they wanted Kobe gone… using the Amnesty on Nash would be a waste, there is much greater cap space to clear on that team… but not Kobe ;)

      • close says:

        The amnesty provision means a player’s salary doesn’t count against the salary cap and that player is cut from the team. The player is still paid the full amount of the salary, but he can’t play for that team for the remainder of the contract. Each team was only allowed to use the amnesty provision once, and it had to be on a contract that was signed under the previous CBA. The Lakers have already used their amnesty provision on Metta World Peace.
        What you are thinking of is the stretch provision. A player can be cut and his contract is “stretched” out over a period of time that is much longer than the length of his actual contract. The formula is the years left on the contract times 2, plus one year. For Steve Nash, his contract hit would be 9.7 million if he plays next year. If he is cut using the stretch provision, he would be paid 3.23 million each year for the next 3 years. This would also be his salary cap hit.
        If the Lakers do cut Nash using the stretch provision, they would save 6.47 million against the cap for next year. The problem is for the next 2 years after that they would be paying 3.27 million dollars a year for a player who isn’t on their team. It’s a choice that Mitch Kupchak is going to have to make.

      • James says:

        the amnesty clause was only good for players on the team at the time the collective bargaining agreement was signed. and the Lakers already used their one time amnesty on artest (MWP) – Nash can still be useful as a team guy and a player / coach for the young PG that we have. KB needs to take his time and not rush back.. especially since the coaching staff doesn’t know how to limit his minutes. its going to be a good draft, we have lots of cap room after this season. time to wait it out.

    • Realistic says:

      I pray to the good Lord that kobe recovers from the injury after the all star game…im not a hater but he don’t deserve to be in that game, he only play o couple of games … I think that there’s more players that deserve that spot because they play more games that kobe and have better numbers.

      • Latest news confirms he's out of ASG says:

        So you get your wish (..and mine too). Most likely Harden steps into starting, 2 spot. Personally, if Harden makes Starters, i’d like to see Dragic get a spot in the Reserves.