Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has taken to his Twitter account to respond with an admirable defiance to his latest injury setback.
Bryant, one of the greatest players ever to grace an NBA court, was ruled out of action for up to six weeks last night after suffering a fracture to the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee during the 96-92 win over the underachieving Memphis Grizzlies .
The 35-year-old appears to have been incredibly unfortunate in this regard, having sustained such an injury just six games into his return from an achilles injury that saw him out of action for eight months.
Despite this, however, the notoriously stubborn Bryant looks to have retained his trademark resolve.
"#BrokenNotBeaten", he tweeted on Thursday after the injury was announced by the Lakers.
"Thank you my fellow nba brothers for all the luv and support #Respect."
Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni, although remaining admirably composed on the surface, is likely to be tearing his hair out over this latest setback.
With the trio of Jordan Farmar, Steve Blake and Steve Nash all sidelined through injury, his frontcourt options are down to the bare bones.
The absence of Nash and Blake had led to Bryant having to take over at the point following his return. Now he has also gone down, it is likely that Xavier Henry will be given the starting job starting with Friday night's game against Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves.