With or without Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers are ‘really painful’ to watch


Bryant is no longer capable of flying in “La-La Land.”

Despite dealing with a lot of swelling, Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant said Wednesday that riding a bike was “not really painful.”

The 35-year-old Bryant last week sustained a fracture in his left knee and is expected to be shelved until February.

Bryant, who suffered a torn left Achilles tendon and underwent the knife to repair the wound on April 13, claims he’s definitely coming back this season.

A 10-time All-NBA First Team selection, Bryant had averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds since returning on December 8.

The 15-time All-Star and two-time NBA Finals MVP has competed in 1,245 games as a professional and is graying and worn.

Unfortunately for Bryant and Lakers fans, it’s certainly possible the “Black Mamba” has been bit by two fatal athletic injuries over a span of eight months.

Considering the legend’s famed diligence and competitiveness, it’s difficult to overlook or dismiss Bryant.

Still, regardless of how Kobe Bryant recovers, the 2013-2014 campaign will be “really painful” for Lakers fans.

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