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Lakers knew risks; Kobe Bryant's final season a career reward
Lakers knew risks; Kobe Bryant's final season a career reward

The Lakers were hit with disappointing news this week, with Kobe Bryant suffering his third season-ending injury in as many seasons, this time a torn right rotator cuff. Bryant will undergo surgery Wednesday morning, after which the team will give an official timeline for his full recovery, but the All-Star guard isn't expected back on the court until next season. Without Bryant, the Lakers' season will be about player development (notably rookie guard Jordan Clarkson) and draft-pick protection.  The Lakers owe their 2015 first-rounder to the Phoenix Suns, unless it's a top-five selection. The Lakers currently have the NBA's fourth-worst record. Bryant is under...

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