After a second opinion taken on Monday confirmed he has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will have surgery on Wednesday morning.
The Lakers have declined to offer an official timetable on Bryant’s return until after he has surgery. But the Lakers anticipate this surgery will sideline him for the remainder of the 2014-15 season. This will mark the third consecutive year his season ended abruptly. He shattered his left Achilles tendon on April, 2013 and rehabbed for the following eight months. Bryant then played in six games last season before fracturing his left knee. In his 19th NBA season, Bryant averaged 22.3 points albeit on a career-low 37.3 percent shooting through 35 games.
Lakers coach Byron Scott reported that Bryant first felt right shoulder pain about a month-and-a-half ago. But he quickly dismissed the severity of the injury. Bryant aggravated it in Wednesday’s loss in New Orleans after throwing down a baseline dunk. After icing his shoulder on the bench, Bryant then returned late in the game and mostly shot, passed and dribbled with his left hand. He then left for the locker room with about a minute left in the game.
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