EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant is expected to miss about six weeks with an injured left knee.
The Lakers said Thursday an MRI showed Bryant has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau of his knee. The team said he hyperextended the knee in Tuesday night's game at Memphis.
The injury is the latest setback for the Lakers star, who had only returned to the court on Dec. 8 after nearly eight months away because of a torn Achilles tendon.
Los Angeles had signed the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history to a two-year contract extension last month. Bryant's new deal is reportedly worth $48.5 million and takes him into his 20th season with the Lakers.
He was hurt in his sixth game back when he matched his season high with 21 points. He went to the floor with 3:25 left in the third quarter of Tuesday night's 96-92 win at Memphis. He stayed on the floor briefly before standing up. He walked to the bench with trainer Gary Vitti but returned to the floor following the timeout.