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Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant suffered a torn rotator cuff earlier this week, and while the franchise expect him to miss the rest of the season, a decision will be made on Monday.
The 36-year-old suffered the injury during the second half of Wednesday’s loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, although sources claim that Bryant has been struggling with the problem since pre-season.
Nevertheless, Bryant met with team doctor Steven Lombardo in Los Angeles on Friday and he found a significant tear in the rotator cuff in his right shoulder.
As a result, the Lakers veteran will now take the weekend to consider his options but coach Byron Scott couldn’t hide his concern when asked about his star man after Friday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
“Yeah, I’m worried,” Scott said. “We all in the organization are worried about it.”
Bryant has one year remaining on his contract worth $25m, and it has previously been suggested by those within the organisation that he is unlikely to sign an extension.
Given his injuries over the last two years, it is certain that Bryant will not sign another deal and so he may well opt to have surgery, recover over the summer and return next year for a final hurrah.
The 19-year-old veteran showed that he hasn’t lost his sense of humour after he suggested on Twitter that the reason he picked up the injury was because he was passing too much.
Bryant was voted in as a starter for the All-Star Game next month for a 17th consecutive year, but as he continues to struggle with injury problems, it may well be one of the last and the injury will likely force him to miss out.