Kobe expected to miss rest of the season

Bryant ranks third in NBA history with 32,482 points. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is expected to miss the rest of the season because of a torn rotator cuff, according to ESPN.

Bryant did not initially express concern after suffering the injury on a dunk Wednesday against the New Orleans Pelicans, as he was able to finish the game and told ESPN Los Angeles that he has played with the injury in the past.

He will be heading into the final year of contract extension he signed in 2013, and Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he expects the 36-year-old to play out the length of the deal before considering retirement.

“Knowing him the way I know him, I know he doesn’t want to go out this way,” Scott said. “I think he’ll rehab it if that’s the case and then we’ll have to wait and see.”

Bryant will finish the season averaging 22.3 points, 5.6 assists and 5.7 rebounds per game.