Lakers' Bryant has torn rotator cuff, season in jeopardy

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 22, 2015 4:29 PM

(Reuters) - Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant has a torn rotator cuff, according to preliminary results of an MRI exam, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Thursday.

Bryant, who injured his right shoulder in the second half of Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, will return to Los Angeles later on Thursday and be examined by team doctors on Friday, the team said in a statement.

The 36-year-old Bryant played in only six games last season due to knee and Achilles injuries.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Frank Pingue)