Kobe out for at least three more weeks

The Sports Xchange/Reuters

Posted at Feb 23 2014 03:37 PM | Updated as of Feb 23 2014 11:37 PM

Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant will be out at least another three weeks after being examined by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo on Friday, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com.

Bryant's injured left knee was looked at because he has been experiencing continued pain, swelling and soreness.

The 35-year-old has been out since Dec. 17 with a fracture. He will be re-evaluated in another three weeks.

General manager Mitch Kupchak said the Lakers want Bryant at 100 percent health before returning to the lineup this season.

"We're not going to push him to get back," said Kupchak, whose team is floundering with a 19-36 record.

"But if he feels he's ready and he's in shape and he gets the doctor's approval, then there's no reason why he couldn't do that."

The Lakers signed Bryant to a two-year, $48.5 million contract extension in November.

Bryant has averaged 13.8 points, 6.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds in just six games this season. He also missed the Lakers' first 19 games of the season recovering from a torn left Achilles tendon he sustained last April.

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Miami Heat star forward LeBron James did not practice on Saturday because of the broken nose he sustained on Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

James is questionable for Miami's game against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

James had surgery to repair the break on Friday but said he was still experiencing soreness and headaches.

The injury occurred when James was inadvertently hit in the face by Thunder center Serge Ibaka while James was driving to the basket.

"Hopefully it'll get better the next couple of days. Hopefully it gets better the next day," James said. "I'm a game-time decision, more probable than anything."

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The New York Knicks are in talks about buying out forward Metta World Peace and guard Beno Udrih.

World Peace confirmed via Twitter on Saturday that his agent and the team are negotiating a buyout.

ESPNNewYork.com reported the Knicks will either buy out World Peace's contract or outright release him.

World Peace, a native of New York, signed a $1.6 million deal in the offseason that included a player option for a second year for the same amount.

If the Knicks release World Peace and he signs with another team, he reportedly will lose his second-year option.

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The Sacramento Kings announced that newly acquired guard Jason Terry will spend the remainder of this season rehabilitating his injured left knee.

Terry, a 15-year veteran, averaged 4.5 points and 1.6 assists in 16.3 minutes over 35 games with the Brooklyn Nets this season.

The Kings shipped shooting guard Marcus Thornton to the Nets in exchange for Terry and power forward Reggie Evans on Wednesday.

"Our focus remains on reinventing this franchise and building a foundation for future success," general manager Pete D'Alessandro said in a statement.

"Affording Jason time to rehab during the balance of this season allows him to return at full strength next year while giving our younger players the minutes and experience needed to help us improve as a team going forward."

(Editing by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina)