That doesn’t look likely though as Kevin Ding reports Bryant could very well miss another two weeks of action, suggesting a month isn’t out of the possibility.
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.
Bryant, who was voted as a starter in the upcoming 2014 NBA All-Star game will be forced to play if he is ‘healthy’, so this delay could hamper Bryant’s appearance in the All-Star game. Granted, he won’t play much – no more than a few minutes – if he does partake in the event, but keeping Bryant out of the Lakers lineup until after the break will allow him to stay in Los Angeles rather than having to fly to New Orleans for the weekend.