Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is not expected to return from his knee injury this season, according to team sources.
Although the Lakers’ initial prediction was that Bryant would return after he missed the game for approximately six weeks, he is now not expected to return for the final weeks of the 2013-14 season.
He is not going to accompany the team on its game to Oklahoma City and San Antonio, as he would stay back for his scheduled checkup by team doctor Steve Lombardo.
Based on his level of discomfort, the team decided that he is not capable to play again this season.
Bryant returned from the Achilles tendon tear he suffered in December, but he fractured his knee six games later and has struggled in his treatment ever since.
He is still expected, though, to help the Lakers next season. Bryant signed a two-year extension in November to remain the NBA’s highest-paid athlete.