The Los Angeles Lakers worked their way back into the playoff picture and are currently sitting as the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. Unfortunately for the Lakers, they lost Wednesday night’s match up against the Atlanta Hawks, but they may have lost even more.
Kobe Bryant rolled his ankle on the final offensive possession of the Lakers loss to the Hawks after he fell awkwardly on the foot of Dahntay Jones.
Bryant’s ankle immediately buckled and he grabbed his leg in obvious pain (as you can see in the picture above).
The Lakers star was immediately taken for x-rays after the game and they came back negative, but he was diagnosed with a severe ankle sprain. That was a bit of good news for the team, but there are still some questions surrounding a timetable for Bryant’s return.
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
Lakers say Bryant is “out indefinitely.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) March 14, 2013
It is very unlikely that Bryant will be available for the team’s game against the Indiana Pacers on Friday.
Here is video of the injury:
Hopefully for the Lakers, Bryant won’t be out for an extended period of time. The team was able to climb back in to the playoff picture and it would be a devastating blow if they lost the heart and soul of their team to a fluke ankle injury.