Los Angeles, CA, United States (NewsBahn) – The Los Angeles Lakers season just got longer and more difficult.
Star guard Kobe Bryant, who has played just six games, will miss the remainder of the season due to lingering issues with his knee injury.
Lakers management, including GM Mitch Kupchak, previously said the team wouldn’t press Kobe back into action.
“We’re not going to push him to get back,” Kupchak said, according to ESPN. “I don’t see why you would. We’ve made a commitment to him for two more years, and I just don’t know why we’d do that [push him to come back]. But if he feels he’s ready and he’s in shape and he gets the doctor’s approval, then there’s no reason why he couldn’t do that.”
Kobe averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 42.5 percent shooting from the field in the six tilts.