Kobe Bryant Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Shoulder and Return

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent III

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 112-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant had been out since Feb. 26 due to a sore shoulder. However, he is ready to return. 

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Bryant Active vs. Nuggets

Wednesday, March 2

Bryant will start on Wednesday against Denver, per Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, who added his minutes will be "decreased a bit." 

Injury-Plagued Bryant No Longer Essential to Lakers 

Bryant is in the midst of his last NBA season and has a history of toughing his way through injuries. 

But the Lakers have little to play for other than pride, so Bryant took his time before returning to action. It's been a tough 20th season for Bryant, who is shooting a career-low 35 percent from the field this year.

The Lakers gave rookie D'Angelo Russell more minutes to gain experience amid a maiden season in which his role has been inconsistent.

Volume shooter Nick Young filled Bryant's role on the perimeter, while Lou Williams provided steady backcourt scoring alongside Jordan Clarkson.