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Kobe Bryant uses Super Bowl analogy to describe frustration, injury

Kobe Bryant uses Super Bowl analogy to describe frustration, injury
Kobe Bryant drives on Memphis Grizzlies guard Quincy Pondexter during a game on Nov. 26, 2014. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Kobe Bryant will go back under the knife on Wednesday for season-ending surgery to repair his torn right rotator cuff.

The 36-year old veteran's season will presumably end after 35 games played, an improvement over last year that saw Achilles' and knee injuries limit Bryant to just six appearances.

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On Tuesday morning, Bryant released a brief statement via "The Players' Tribune":

I feel like I just returned a 100 yard kickoff in the last two minutes of the Super Bowl to win it all only to have my run called back by a flag on the play.

The Lakers All-Star guard was injured on Wednesday in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Bryant is under contract for another season at $25 million.

Despite his injuries, Bryant is likely to push his way back to the court for a 20th season once he gets through rehabbing a repaired rotator cuff.

Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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