Rumor: Kobe Bryant Will Potentially Miss Remainder of Playoffs with Ankle Sprain

Aaron MContributor IIIApril 25, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 24:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands during a freethrow against the New Orleans Hornets in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs at New Orleans Arena on April 24, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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ESPN had reported earlier, via a tweet, that Kobe Bryant was likely going to miss the remainder of the playoffs according to Chris Broussard.

Update: ESPN has since taken down the tweet; however, there must be some substance to the rumor. Kobe Bryant has refused any tests including MRIs, x-rays, etc. In all likeliness this is a severe ankle sprain that requires attention.

He's obviously hurt and Chris Broussard has broken stories in the past, this could be a reality. If it is true, this will be a nightmare for the Lakers as their interior presence has not shown desire or heart and they were outmatched by Chris Paul.

This injury could be devastating to the Los Angeles Lakers championship run, stay tuned for more information.