Bryant suffered the injury Tuesday night against Memphis Grizzlies. As he dribbled towards the basket, Bryant spun around and tried to back his defender down into the post. As Bryant attempted to get closer to the hoop, he bumped into the defender, throwing him slightly off balance. This caused his left leg to hyperextend at an awkward angle, which is when the fracture occurred.
“I just hyperextended it,” Bryant said when what happened to his knee during the play. “I tend to hyperextend my knees every now and then.”
You can see video of the play below.
The play looked rather innocuous, but it’s a tough blow for Bryant, who had only played in six games since returning from a torn Achilles in the same leg. Luckily, the injury won’t require surgery.
Bryant said he’ll do whatever it takes to get back on the court as soon as possible.
“All I can do is do the work. And do everything I can to be back at the highest level,” Bryant said.
Reporters asked head coach Mike D’Antoni if the injury could be a sign that Bryant came back too quickly from his Achilles injury, but D’Antoni said Bryant was simply on the wrong end of a fluke play.
“There’s always a risk until he gets completely used to playing,” D’Antoni said. “But the doctors were all over it. Nah, that’s just bad luck.”
Kobe took to Twitter to let the world know he won’t let the injury keep him down for long.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) December 19, 2013
Related source: ESPN.com