Kobe Bryant Injury: 4 Reasons Why Time Is Now for Los Angeles Lakers to Rebuild

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Kobe Bryant Injury: 4 Reasons Why Time Is Now for Los Angeles Lakers to Rebuild
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Following Kobe Bryant's awkward landing after a shot in Monday's exhibition against the Los Angeles Clippers, an MRI has revealed a torn lunotriquetral ligament in his right shooting wrist, according to a report by ESPNLA's Dave McMenamin.

Dr. Steven Shin of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic examined Bryant, who will need approximately 3-4 weeks of rest for the ligament to fully heal.

Don't count on Kobe taking that rest; he's listed as day-to-day and intends to start on Christmas Day as the Lakers open the season against the Chicago Bulls.

This injury, combined with the present state of the Los Angeles Lakers, raises a question never posed during the reign of No. 24: might Kobe and the team be better served in the long run if the superstar took off a month of an already shortened season?

It feels like sacrilege to suggest the Lakers softly "tank" this short season in some effort to revamp for another run next season, but the looming goldmine of the 2012 draft class, coupled with the unpalatable Laker reality should make this a legitimate conversation in the Laker front office.

For the first time in my life as a die-hard Laker fan, I'm wondering whether the Lottery Lakers are better than the Lackluster Lakers. 

Should Kobe break personal protocol and actually rest an injury? Here are four reasons why the Lakers should make their franchise cornerstone take the time to heal.

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