Kobe Bryant learned yesterday after an MRI that he’d torn the rotator cuff in his shooting arm, and would probably have to be shut down for the rest of the season. The Lakers’ coach, Byron Scott , had already publicly admitted that shutting Kobe down for the season, injury or not, would be in the cards if the Lake Show had no chance at the playoffs in March. Kobe Bryant played his last game of the season in New Orleans in an to them on the floor. This unfortunate news comes at the halfway mark of Bryant’s 20th season as a pro, meaning he’s spent more than half of his actual life–he’ll be 37 in August–in the NBA. He’s won 5 championships, including 3 in a row from 2000-2002, and numerous other accolades, including NBA MVP, several NBA Finals MVPs, scoring titles, All-NBA selections and the like. To say Kobe’s left his mark on the NBA would be like saying Taylor Swift can sell a few records–a condescending understatement. It isn’t a retirement declaration, but Kobe does vaguely sound like a soldier who is certainly able to do battle, but is starting to lose the taste for it. This is the third straight year his season will be cut short by a major injury, and over... It might also behoove Kobe to take an honest, objective look at the Lakers’ outlook should he decide to spend this summer preparing for another go at it. The.
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