Report: Lakers expect Kobe Bryant (shoulder) to miss rest of season
Shelburne reports the Lakers are still awaiting a final decision about Bryant's status for the rest of the season from the doctor.
A report from USA TODAY Sports on Friday afternoon said that Bryant will not make a decision on whether to undergo season-ending surgery until Monday.
After the game, Bryant said he wasn't worried about the injury.
“I’ve played with a torn labrum, so I’m not too concerned," Bryant said after Wednesday's game, according to the Los Angeles Times. "I'm not too concerned about it. We make a lot of it, but the reality is I'm doing some pretty phenomenal things in 30 minutes [a game]."
In the first 27 games of the season, Bryant averaged 24.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists in 35.5 minutes per game. He then sat out a week to rest his body. The team also decided he would sit out at least half of every back-to-back set for the rest of the season.
Bryant has suffered season-ending injuries each of the last two seasons. He tore his Achilles in April 2013 and fractured his knee in December 2013.
The Lakers have the fourth-worst record in the league at 12-31 this season.
- Paul Palladino