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By Agencies

Posted  Saturday, December 21   2013 at  02:00

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Bryant made his season debut with the Lakers Dec. 8 after nearly eight months away while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon.

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Los Angeles signed Bryant to a lavish two-year, $48.5 million contract extension last month, taking him into his 20th season with the Lakers. Most of Los Angeles’ roster will be free agents this summer. Bryant matched his season high with 21 points in the Lakers’ win at Memphis.

Los angeles- Kobe Bryant is expected to miss about six weeks with an injured left knee, dealing the second major injury setback of the year to the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar guard. An MRI exam on Thursday revealed Bryant has a fracture in his lateral tibial plateau - the top of his shinbone near his knee.

Bryant made his season debut with the Lakers Dec. 8 after nearly eight months away while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. He apparently was hurt again Tuesday night in Memphis while playing his fourth game in five nights.

After playing six games in 10 days, the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history is out again until February or longer - and the Lakers’ already miserable run of injuries got even uglier. ‘’You hate it for Kobe,’’ Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters after practice Thursday.

‘’He’s worked so hard to get back, but he’ll be back. He’ll be back in six weeks. We’ve just got to weather the storm until he gets back.’’

The Lakers also announced Steve Nash will be out for at least four more weeks with nerve root irritation, leaving injury-riddled Los Angeles without its top three point guards and Bryant - who filled in at the point in recent games - for at least another week.

On Thursday afternoon, a tweet was posted on Bryant’s official Twitter account that consisted solely of the hashtag: BrokenNotBeaten.

‘’I think he’ll be back in six weeks, and he’ll be hunting for some bear,’’ D’Antoni said.

Bad day

Buried behind the implications of Bryant’s latest injury, the Lakers got yet more bad news about the 39-year-old Nash, who has been injured for most of his two seasons in LA. The two-time NBA MVP has played in just six games this season and hasn’t suited up since Nov. 10, repeatedly traveling home to Vancouver to undergo rehabilitation on his perpetually balky back and hamstrings.