Kobe Bryant's comeback from a ruptured Achilles' tendon hit the worst kind of snag during Tuesday's game in Memphis. During the first half, Bryant suffered what he thought was a minor hyperextension of his knee. He played through the injury in the second half, finishing with 21 points, five rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes and told reporters he expected to be available for Friday's game against the T-Wolves. Yeah, not so much.
Further examination revealed a much more serious problem. Bryant had fractured the tibial plateau – the upper end of the shin bone, where it meets the knee joint – in his left knee.
That means he played the second half of Tuesday's game with a broken leg. That guy's pain tolerance is, like, X-Men level.
This latest injury will have major repercussions for the Lakers' backcourt rotatio You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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