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Kobe Bryant Almost Certainly Out For The Rest Of The Season

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavalier
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers won 109-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

It’s a dark truth that will resonate with Los Angeles Lakers fans everywhere: The best reason left to watch the team this season is Iggy Azalea's boyfriend.

The Lakers expect Kobe Bryant to miss the remainder of the season, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. "It doesn't look good," a source separately told the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan.

Bryant tore the rotator cuff in his right shoulder Wednesday in the second half of a game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Because he’s Kobe Bryant, he tried to play through it by using his left hand for a little while:

Bryant tweeted a joke earlier on Friday about how the injury is directly related to his passing the ball too much, which is funny because everyone knows Kobe Bryant enjoys shooting the basketball more than he likes passing it:

It’s hard to tell if losing Bryant for the rest of the season will hurt or help the Lakers’ chances of winning more games. Some analysis has found that it’s likely the team actually plays better when he is not on the court.

Bryant is in the second to last year of his contract. Earlier this month he told the Los Angeles Times that retirement has "crossed [his] mind."

UPDATE: Here's the Lakers' official statement, via Arash Markazi:

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