According to Lakers insiders, star guard Kobe Bryant, who injured his shoulder in the second half of Wednesday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans in the Big Easy, has suffered a torn rotator cuff, shown by preliminary results of MRI exam.

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Bryant took the MRI in San Antonio and will return to Los Angeles later on Thursday where he will be examined by team doctors on Friday.

In a bit of irony, nine years ago today, Bryant scored 81 points against the Toronto Raptors. Today,  Bryant has a tear of the rotator cuff and very uncertain future.


An update on his condition will be issued at that time, the Lakers said.