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

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, says farewell to New York Knicks head coach Kurt Rambis, left, after the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, March 13, 2016. The Knicks won 90-87. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 15, 2016

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant had been out since March 15 with a sore shoulder, but he is ready to play. 

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Bryant Active vs. Grizzlies

Tuesday, March 22

Lakers head coach Byron Scott told reporters that Bryant will play against Memphis Tuesday.

Bryant Hampered by Injuries in Final Season

In his final season in the NBA, the 20-year veteran has experienced a difficult time. He's averaging 16.8 points per game on 35.6 percent shooting, which is on pace to be the lowest percentage of his legendary career. He's also making just 27.5 percent of his attempts from three-point range.

News of his injury doesn't come as a big surprise after the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan reported on March 15 that the Lakers planned to rest their star guard. Somewhat more shocking was that Metta World Peace got the start in Kobe's place, telling reporters, "It's my first start at home."

Bryant's health is far more important, since the team will want to give him a proper send-off. With less than a month left in the regular season, the Lakers might rest Kobe more down the stretch to ensure he makes it through to the end.

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