The NBA announced on Tuesday that Kobe Bryant has officially been diagnosed with pneumonia, and it is expected that Bryant will miss at least four to six weeks of basketball activities before the start of the regular season.
Bryant, who missed the final six games of the season with the illness, will undergo a physical exam to determine the exact cause of his illness.
The Lakers are also working to determine if Bryant should return for their second straight season.
In addition to the physical examination, Bryant is expected to undergo another physical exam on Thursday, where the Lakers are expected to determine whether he has a new infection or if he should undergo additional testing.
According to a source close to the Lakers, Bryant has not been allowed to practice since Dec. 13, but the team has not ruled him out of the upcoming season.
Kobe’s return will not happen until his doctor has determined the exact diagnosis and is sure he will be able to play for the rest of the NBA season.
If Bryant returns, he will have missed six games during the 2016-17 regular season, and the Lakers will have the opportunity to make up for the missed time with another win in this year’s playoffs.