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Bryant had successful surgery on his right shoulder Wednesday and he is expected to be out for about nine months, the Los Angeles Times' Baxter Holmes reports.
It is good news that the surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder was successful, but this nine-month timetable could result in him being questionable for the start of next season. In the meantime, Wayne Ellington is the one tasked with picking up most of the slack with Bryant out for the rest of this season.
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Bryant (shoulder) has decided to undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and will miss the remainder of the season, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
While there was a slight chance Bryant would opt to forego surgery and play through the tear, he's decided to go ahead and have the procedure Wednesday. Bryant, who was voted by fans to start the All-Star Game, will miss the rest of the 2014-15 season after averaging 22.3 points, 5.6 assists and 5.7 rebounds in 35 games. While Bryant's counting stats are impressive considering his age, he was maligned for his lack of efficiency and high-volume shooting, as evidenced by a career-low field goal percentage (37.3%). It's unclear what the future holds for the 36-year-old, but he has one year remaining on his two-year deal with the Lakers and figures to be back next season with what could be a vastly improved roster.
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Bryant (shoulder) is scheduled to be examined again Monday and a decision about whether he will be shut down for the season will be made at that time.
It is widely expected that Bryant's season is over after suffering a torn rotator cuff, but the Lakers will not make any official declarations until after his examination Monday. Even if the Lakers do not rule him out for the season, he will miss so much time with this injury that holding him in most single-season formats does not make much sense. Look for Wayne Ellington, Nick Young and Jordan Clarkson to all see extended minutes in Bryant's absence.
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Bryant (shoulder) is expected to miss the remainder of the season, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reports.
Bryant suffered a torn rotator cuff during Wednesday's game against the Pelicans that will ultimately require season-ending surgery. The veteran also noted that he had been dealing with lingering pain in his shoulder before Wednesday's injury. Either way, Wayne Ellington will likely serve as the Lakers's starting shooting guard moving forward while Bryant begins his prolonged offseason.
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An MRI revealed Bryant (shoulder) has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.
Bryant injured the shoulder in the second half of Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. He remained in the game but was clearly favoring the shoulder and played left-handed, for the most part. Bryant will be re-examined by team doctors later Thursday, after which the Lakers are expected to release a prognosis. While Bryant has not shied away from playing through pain in the past, the Lakers have almost nothing to lose at this point, so shutting him down may be the best course of action.
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Bryant is dealing with a sore right shoulder following Wednesday's game and will undergo an MRI Thursday.
Bryant returned to action Wednesday after sitting out the last two games to rest, but he tweaked his shoulder sometime during Wednesday's game. The extent of Bryant's setback is uncertain, but expect an update on his status as more details become available.
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Bryant will start Wednesday's game against the Pelicans. "Kobe's good, he said he's ready to go," coach Byron Scott said.
Bryant has been resting periodically over the last month, and he sat out the Lakers' last two games - losses to Phoenix and Utah. With six days off since he last played, Bryant should be refreshed for Wednesday's matchup. However, last time he rested for two consecutive games, he scored 12 points on 3-of-19 shooting in his return to the court.
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Bryant (rest) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.
Bryant did not practice Tuesday but will meet the team at the airport and make the trip to New Orleans. The 36-year-old has missed the last two games and is essentially a game-time call Wednesday. The Lakers' staff will evaluate him during shootaround, after which an update should be available.
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Bryant (rest) will be held out of Monday's game against the Suns, Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times reports.
Bryant will rest for the second straight game and the eighth time in 15 games overall. Over his last two contests, versus the Heat (Tuesday) and Cavaliers (Thursday), Bryant averaged 15.5 points, 12.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds, but he was a combined 10-of-33 from the field. In his absence, Wayne Ellington figures to make another start at shooting guard.
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Bryant (rest) is considered doubtful to play against the Suns on Monday, the L.A. Daily News reports.
This shouldn't surprise anyone by now since Bryant has rested seven times since Dec. 23. Wayne Ellington will likely take the court in Bryant's potential absence Monday.