Kobe Bryant Close To Return & Carl Landry Out 3-4 Months
The Sacramento Kings took a sizable hit today; their-newly signed starting power forward is going to miss at least the season's first half.
The Kings inked Carl Landry to a 4-year, $26 million deal a couple months ago, looking for any semblance of consistency and veteran leadership amid their motley crew of somewhat-talented players. Instead, Sheridan Hoops reports that Landry will miss 3-4 months recovering from a torn hip flexor, leaving Patrick Patterson to prove himself as an NBA starter.
Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant's no-doubt-insanely-arduous rehab appears to be paying off. Fresh off another round of German Knee Magic, the Lakers legend says he could "probably" play today under the right circumstances ("playoff or NBA Finals"), and is only fighting stiffness rather than pain at this point.
Bryant's commitment to his recovery and to the Lakers is highly admirable, but the truth is that his efforts will - most likely - only diminish their Lottery odds in what looks like one of the best Drafts ever.