Kobe Bryant during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 15, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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March 12, 2014 12:19 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant will miss the rest of the season after being sidelined with a fracture in his knee.

The Los Angeles Lakers star has been out since Dec. 17 due to his knee injury and missed the season’s first 19 games while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, ESPN reports. Bryant has played just six games this season after signing a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension in November. A team physician said last month that the five-time NBA champion would be sidelined for at least another three weeks.

Coach Mike D’Antoni said at the time he wasn’t sure if Bryant would be back on the court this season. “I don’t know,” he said. “That’s out of my hands. We’ll see. I have no answer to that one.”

The Lakers are 22-42 so far this season.


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