Kobe Bryant out for rest of NBA season

By Marcina Zaccaria,

Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is out for the remainder of the NBA season, due to a knee injury, he said on Wednesday.

“Obviously this has been a frustrating and disappointing season," Bryant said in a statement, notes Sports Illustrated. "I appreciate all the support I’ve received from the Lakers and the fans, and look forward to being back and ready for the start of training camp.”

An injury put the star out for the season. Bryant, 35, experienced pain and swelling in late January after medical professionals found a lateral tibial plateau fracture in his left knee. This injury occurred on Dec. 17. Trainer Gary Vitti said in a statement that Bryant needs the time to rehabilitate the injury.

According to ESPN, Bryant said on Twitter, “Thank you for all the support. 7 months to get back and answer this challenge.”

Bryant is one of the most popular players in the NBA. In November, Bryant signed a two-year $48.5 million contract extension with the Lakers.

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