The Lakers have yet to set a timetable for Bryant’s return, but the typical recovery time is four months or more, which would mean that Bryant can be safely ruled out for the remainder of this season.
This marks the third consecutive year that Bryant has had his season prematurely ended due to injury. The long road to recovery is an arduous one, and Bryant used a Super Bowl analogy to describe how it feels to have accomplished something so difficult, only to have the game taken from him once again.
Today, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that Kobe Bryant would undergo surgery for his torn rotator cuff on Wednesday. Kobe reached out to The Players’ Tribune with this statement:
“I feel like I just returned a 100 yard kickoff in the last two minutes of the Super Bowl to win it all only to have my run called back by a flag on the play.”
Translation: Bryant suffering yet another season-ending injury is incredibly disappointing.