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NBA Injury Analysis: Candy Cane Crutches

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts

Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, PES, LAT). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Kobe Bryant
Fantasy owners who gambled on draft day and invested in Kobe Bryant saw the return on their invest last just six games. After missing the start of the season recovering from offseason surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles, Bryant will again miss time after suffering a fracture to the lateral plateau of his tibia. The injury occurred in a Lakers' win over the Grizzlies when Bryant took an awkward step, hyperextending his left leg. He would finish the game, leading the Lakers with 21 points. Additional testing after the game revealed the injury.

The tibia is the bigger of the two lower leg bones and bears the majority of the body's weight. At the proximal end, near the knee, the tibia widens forming the tibial plateau. The menisci of the knee sit between the ends of the femur and the tibial plateau, allowing for proper knee articulation. Tibial plateau fractures are rare in sports and more commonly occur in car accidents or falls from a great height. T

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