Kobe Bryant caps unlucky 2013 with ugly injury

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Ever get that feeling this just isn’t your year?And if you are Kobe Bryant, at what point to you put a rush order on New Year’s Eve and get 2013 over with, already?First a torn Achilles’ tendon last April that pushed him out of the playoffs and resulted in a trying eight-month rehabilitation process and now this, a broken bone in his left knee that will sideline him at least six weeks.Bryant and the Lakers learned that fate Thursday and by mid-afternoon word began spreading Bryant would be out of the lineup — again — and the Lakers must make due without their biggest star. Again.Thus ends Bryant’s abbreviated comeback from the ruptured Achilles tendon injury he suffered on the final week of last season – such as it was. Bryant played in just six games while averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds a game. Then he twisted his knee during Tuesday’s win against the Memphis Grizzlies and later complained it was bothering him, only to learn he’d suffered a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee and will be sidelined at least six weeks.Just when the Lakers were transitioning back to life with Bryant, they will again be without him.It’s been that kind of year for Bryant. It’s been that kind of three years for the Lakers, who once thought they would line up Chris Paul with Dwight Howard and Bryant only to see that dream blow up.They barely scraped into the playoffs last year and were facing an uphill climb to the postseason this year – even with Bryant eventually whipping himself back into shape for the second half of the season.Now they face the next six weeks without him in a wicked Western Conference loaded with championship contenders.And Bryant faces another comeback from another leg injury.For Bryant, 2014 can’t come soon enough.And for the Lakers, it might be time to forget about this season and set their sites on next summer and beyond.They are in line for significant payroll relief once Pau Gasol’s contract rolls off the books and barring some unforeseen turnaround they’ll be armed with a lottery pick in one of the deepest drafts in years.So, at least there is that.For the time being, though, it’s as bleak as it’s ever [email protected] @DailyNewsVinny on Twittercenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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