Kobe Bryant is in such a significant amount of pain that he will not get a MRI scan tonight to assess when he will be able to make an NBA comeback, according to reports.
The LA Lakers star was due to have the scan tonight before the Lakers face the Indiana Pacers, but it seems that Bryant's discomfort is so severe that the plan is off the table.
It's now understood that Bryant will be out for a minimum of another two weeks, with any return only possible when he is cleared by the team doctor.
The news is a blow to the Lakers, as the storied franchise hoped to get Bryant back on court soon, with the team having gone 4-16 since his injury.
NBA reporter Kevin Ding explained, "The fractured lateral tibial plateau in Bryant’s left knee hasn’t healed yet, even though the Lakers had initially been pointing to a medical re-evaluation Tuesday as a point at which he might be cleared to play.
"Bryant’s level of discomfort is such that his visit with Lakers doctor Steve Lombardo on Tuesday evening before the Lakers face the Indiana Pacers will not even include an MRI or any other diagnostic procedure to judge the bone’s healing, according to a team source.
"Bryant is expected to miss at least two more weeks, perhaps even another month."