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Lakers' Kobe Bryant has shoulder surgery, to be out about nine months
Lakers' Kobe Bryant has shoulder surgery, to be out about nine months

Kobe Bryant will be sidelined about nine months after undergoing surgery Wednesday morning to repair a torn rotator cuff, the Lakers announced. The surgery was performed by doctors Neal ElAttrache and Steve Lombardo of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic. "I expect Kobe to make a full recovery and if all goes as expected, he should be ready for the start of the season," ElAttrache said in a statement. Next fall will mark Bryant's 20th NBA season, in which he will make $25 million in the final year of his contract. "It's pretty painful from what I've heard, and the rehab is long," Lakers Coach Byron Scott said Wednesday. Bryant, 36, has been unable...

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