Kobe Bryant Injury Update: Lakers Star Undergoes Surgery on Torn Rotator Cuff

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2015

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On Wednesday, Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant underwent surgery on his torn rotator cuff. He is expected to be out for nine months.

Continue for updates.

Bryant to Miss Nine Months Following Surgery

Wednesday, Jan. 28

Bill Oram of the OC Register provided a statement from the Lakers following Bryant's surgery:

Bill Oram @billoram

Lakers statement on Kobe Bryant surgery http://t.co/LYPilGfNIE

Mark Medina of the LA Daily News reported Bryant would be in a sling for six weeks following surgery.

Lakers Announce Bryant Requires Surgery

Monday, Jan. 26

The team announced the news via Twitter along with additional details: 

Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

Kobe Bryant will have surgery on his right rotator cuff on Wednesday morning. A timetable will be provided post-surgery.

Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding provided further insight into the rehab process for Bryant:


Kobe's surgery is generally being viewed by Lakers as having a six-month rehab, but it will be clarified Wednesday.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN originally reported on Friday that Bryant would be out for the rest of this season with the injury:

Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne

Kobe has at least one more doctor's appointment & he's the type to exhaust all options. But team was told today to expect to be w/out him

The injury occurred during the Lakers' 96-80 loss against New Orleans on Jan. 21. Bryant told reporters after the game, via ESPN.com, that the injury occurred while going for a dunk in the third quarter.

"I felt fine when I went up and didn't feel too good when I came down," Bryant said. 

One interesting part of the injury, from the video that was recorded for The Players' Tribune and posted on YouTube, is the doctor saying, "The thing that I can't tell is how long you've had this injury."

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Whether Bryant's arm was hanging on by a thread entering the game or he just tweaked it the wrong way, the end result is crushing for Los Angeles. 

Even though the Lakers won't make the playoffs this year, or really be competitive in the Western Conference, their team runs through Bryant. He's the engine that makes the machine go, but the lack of help around him has forced a lot of sloppy play in 2014-15. 

At 36 years old, Bryant is already coming off a season last year when he was only able to play six games. It's certainly reasonable to assume the days of Bryant being a superstar are over. The bigger question moving forward is if he can accept being a piece of the puzzle instead of the answer to everything. 


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