Later this week, the Los Angeles Lakers will make it official that superstar Kobe Bryant will be out for the remainder of the season.
The fractured lateral tibial plateau in his left knee will keep Bryant out for the rest of the NBA season meaning he would have only played in six games of the Lakers 2013/14 season.
Bryant has not accompanied the Lakers squad on its trip to Oklahoma City and San Antonio as he continues to get assessed by team doctors on his injury.
The Black Mamba's highly anticipated return earlier in the season from an achilles tendon tear was one of the biggest moments of 2013, but the superstar was only able to feature in purple and gold for six games before fracturing his left knee on December 17th.
The original prognosis stated that Kobe would miss six weeks but Bryant has recently said that he has been frustrated by the slow recovery process: "It's not the mind that wears down, it's the body."
So now the Lakers will be without Bryant for the rest of the season and have other injury woes to think about including the deterioration of 40-year old point guard Steve Nash.
The Lakers currently sit with a record of 22-42 which is the joint worst in the Western Conference along with the Utah Jazz.