Kobe Bryant is expected to miss about six weeks with an injured left knee, the second major injury setback of the year to the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar guard.
An MRI Thursday revealed Bryant has a fracture in his lateral tibial plateau — the top of his shinbone near his knee.
Bryant made his season debut with the Lakers Dec. 8 after nearly eight months away while recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon. He apparently was hurt again Tuesday night in Memphis while playing his fourth game in five nights.
After playing six games in 10 days, the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history is out again, until February or longer. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.