SAN ANTONIO — Lakers guard Kobe Bryant had a reexamination on Friday with Dr. Steve Lombardo that confirmed the MRI results that said he has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
The Lakers’ star discussed “various options,” as one source put it on how Bryant will treat his latest injury. But Bryant plans to meet with sports-medicine specialist Neal ElAttrache on Monday to further assess his next step. The Lakers expect Bryant will make a final decision then, though it is not binding in case Bryant needs more time to determine his next step.
If Bryant becomes sidelined for the rest of the 2014-15 season, this would mark the third consecutive time his season was cut short because of a debilitating injury. Bryant torn his left Achilles tendon in April 2013 and stayed sidelined for eight months. Bryant then played in six games last season before fracturing his left knee, an injury that kept him out for the rest of the 2013-14 campaign. Through 35 games, Bryant averaged 22.3 points on a career-low 37.2 percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 34.5 minutes per contest.
Lakers coach Byron Scott reported that Bryant complained about minor pain in his shoulder about a month-and-a-half ago. Bryant aggravated the injury when he threw down a baseline dunk in third quarter of the Lakers’ loss on Wednesday to New Orleans.