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Report: Bryant’s return delayed another 2-4 weeks

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Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant’s return to the court was pushed back another two to four weeks, according to the Bleacher Report.

Bryant recently said he would return from a knee injury by the All-Star Game on Feb. 16 but would allow someone more deserving to play after he was voted in. He has played just six games this season.

The fractured knee he sustained on Dec. 19 was initially expected to keep him out six weeks, putting his return at around Jan. 30. However, the setback means he will not be back until perhaps late February.

According to the report, Bryant’s discomfort in the knee is such that he will not even have an MRI or any other diagnostic procedure when he visits team doctor Steve Lombardo on Tuesday evening.

Bryant has only been able to do conditioning work on a bike. He has only said publicly that he will be re-evaluated in February.

The knee injury occurred shortly after he returned from a torn left Achilles tendon.

Bryant is averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 29.5 minutes per game.

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