Kobe Bryant has not had a great season. Then again, neither have the LA Lakers. It would be difficult to choose who has had it the worst, but we can be certain on this - both Bryant and the Lakers can’t wait for it to be over.

Bryant did not make his first appearance for the Lakers until November having missed around eight months of action after sustaining a torn Achilles against Golden State Warriors last season, but only played six times before he was sidelined again.

It was the left knee of Bryant that troubled him this time, with a fracture around his kneecap, and after an return date was set for only three weeks, the NBA icon was then ruled out for the remainder of the campaign. Not good news for Bryant or his Lakers teammate.

The Lakers have struggled and then some without Bryant on their team, with the LA franchise posting a 22-45 record. There was also a franchise record defeat to the LA Clippers, adding significant insult to a season plagued by injury for many.

It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise then that a recent Lakers team photo, posed on their official Twitter account on Thursday, showed plenty of glum faces - with Bryant in particular looking pretty miserable

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