The official word is almost in.
Kobe Bryant will not return from his knee injury this season to play for the Lakers.
B/R’s Kevin Ding is reporting:
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to declare Bryant out for the rest of the 2013-14 Lakers season later this week, according to team sources. Bryant is not accompanying the team on its trip to Oklahoma City and San Antonio, staying back to be reexamined by team doctor Steve Lombardo. And considering where Bryant’s level of discomfort remains with the fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, barring an unforeseen change, the team will finalize the decision that Bryant will not play again this season.
Kobe will hope to anchor the team next season. It will be with a re-tolled group around him though since the front office has started planning for the future.
Hopefully for fans of the NBA, Kobe is able to come back and be close to what he was before.