Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a torn rotator cuff, reports ESPN.
The Los Angeles Lakers icon suffered the tear during the second half of Wednesday night’s (Jan. 21) loss to New Orleans, although sources say he’s been dealing with the injury since the preseason. It took place mid-way through the third quarter of the game when he drove baseline for a two-handed dunk. When he came down, he immediately grabbed his shoulder as he ran back down the court and checked out of the game a few minutes later.
Kobe met with team doctors on Friday (Jan. 23), who found a significant tear in the rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He will not ponder a decision over the weekend, as to whether he should undergo surgery.
Kobe has one year remaining on his contract with the Lakers for $25 million. He played just six games last season after recovering from Achilles and knee injuries. This season, he’s has played 35 games, where he’s averaged 22.3 points on a career-low 37.3 percent shooting.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 23, 2015