Kobe Bryant is injured. Again. An MRI exam last week showed that the Lakers star has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, and on Monday he decided to have season-ending surgery to repair the injury.
A full tear would mean surgery, but "if it's a partial tear, he could return to play in two and six weeks depending on his response to treatment," Keith Feder, a Manhattan Beach orthopedic surgeon who did not see Bryant's MRI results, told Times Lakers reporter Mike Bresnahan.
The injury comes on the heels of Bryant missing almost all of last season because of a knee injury, and much of the season before that because of a torn Achilles' tendon.
To most people, it appears Bryant's body is breaking down after a lengthy career. A sure Hall of Famer, Bryant is not the player he once was, and this latest injury has many pondering one question: Is it time for him to retire?