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    Kobe admits 'slow' recovery from knee injury

    Dec 26, 2013

    KOBE Bryant expressed his unhappiness on being in the sidelines for the Christmas Day game between his Los Angeles Lakers and the visiting Miami Heat.

    Bryant, who leads the NBA with a record 15 appearances on Christmas Day, is expected to miss four to six weeks with a fracture in his left knee.

    "It's strange to be coming in on Christmas and not playing," he said before the Lakers hosted the Miami Heat on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).  LeBron James and Co. had won five in a row; the Lakers had dropped two straight.

    Bryant oroginally thought the injury he sustained during a game against the Memhphis Grizzlies was a bone bruise before a diagnosis informed him of the news last week.

    The perennial NBA All-Star didn't play his first game until Dec. 8 after nearly eight months away while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon. 

    "It's just been slow in terms of laying off it and letting it heal," he said. "When you don't have activity, you got to watch the other parts like nutrition."

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