Bryant won’t return to Lakers this season

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant won’t be back on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers this season.

Bryant expressed only mild frustration Wednesday after the official announcement of the long-expected decision to shut him down for the year. Bryant’s broken bone in his left knee still hasn’t healed enough for weight-bearing exercise.

With just five weeks left in their miserable season, the Lakers elected to preserve their superstar guard for next year, when he’ll be 36.

The Lakers’ ruthlessly competitive scorer can’t take much more incompetence from his 16-time NBA champion franchise.

“I feel like killing everybody every time I go to the arena,” Bryant said. “I’m just on edge all the time. Yeah, I still feel it, probably more than anybody in the organization does. I probably feel it more, and it drives me absolutely crazy.”

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