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Kobe Bryant out six weeks with fractured tibia

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that guard Kobe Bryant will miss six weeks with a fractured tibia in his left leg.

Bryant is only weeks away from having returned from his torn Achilles he suffered last spring, making this the second major leg injury inside of a year. In preseason, he visited Germany for a treatment on his sore knee.

It's a brutal blow for the Lakers who were just starting to gel after a win over the Bobcats and Grizzlies with Bryant, picking up steam to maybe make a playoff run. Pau Gasol had stopped whining and was playing better. Jordan Farmar could return around the beginning of the year. But now with Bryant lost for what is likely to be another month, you wonder if their feel-good start can return without a healthy point guard or Bryant to help carry the load.

It's looking more and more like a lost season for the Lakers.

The injury occurred in the fourth quarter of the Lakers' win over Memphis. Apparently...

So that sounds painful. The questions now surround whether this is the start of a habitual series of injuries for Bryant after the Achilles tear, whether the Lakers can tread water for a month and a half to set up a late playoff run, and whether they should even bother or instead move for a full tank job with Bryant lost for essentially half the season.

Here's the video where Bryant was reportedly injured.

Bryant, 35, played in six games averaging 14 points on 43 percent shooting since his return.

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