As feared, Kobe Bryant’s season is expected to be over. The next question is will it end his career as well?
Bryant suffered the injury during the Lakers’ road loss to the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. An MRI on Thursday revealed the torn rotator cuff and Bryant flew to Los Angeles that night to meet with team doctors on Friday.
On Thursday, Bryant was also named a starter for the All-Star Game for the 17th time. At 36, Bryant was averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 34.5 minutes per game through 35 games before being injured. In December, he passed Michael Jordan for third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
In April 2013, Bryant suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. After months of rehab, Bryant signed a two-year, $48.5 million extension with the Lakers and returned to the court for the 2013-14 season. But his return was short lived, as he suffered a leg fracture in December 2013, wiping out that entire season.
Next season marks the final year of Bryant’s two-year contract. The question is will Bryant decide to retire before? Next season will mark Bryant’s 20th in the league.
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