Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is injured again, this time with a fracture of the left lateral tibial plateau that will keep him out of the game for six weeks.
Bryant suffered the knee injury Tuesday night during the visiting Lakers’ 96-92 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.
With a little more than three minutes remaining in the third, Bryant fell to the court and clutched his left knee after backing down Tony Allen in the post. There didn’t appear to be any direct contact to his knee.
He returned to the game and finished with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists.
Bryant has so far played only six games since returning December 8 from a torn Achilles tendon suffered in April.
He was averaging 13.8 points and 6.3 assists in six games, shooting 42.5 percent from the field and averaging 29.5 minutes.
The Lakers signed Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension in late November.
Bryant said after the game that he twisted his knee but it felt all right.
“I just hyperextended it,” said Bryant. “I tend to hyperextend my knees every now and then.”
The Lakers are 2-4 since Bryant returned. They entered Thursday’s play at 12-13 and in 11th place in the Western Conference.
The team also announced Thursday that the veteran point guard Steve Nash– limited to just six games this season — will miss an additional four weeks because of nerve root irritation.