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Kobe Bryant out 9 months following shoulder surgery

There's no way around it, Kobe Bryant will opt for surgery on his shoulder.

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE, 1/28 3:25 p.m. PT: Kobe Bryant underwent successful shoulder surgery and has a recovery timetable of nine months, the Lakers announced.

Kobe Bryant met with doctors on Monday and finalized his decision to undergo surgery to repair the torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers announced. No timetable has been set for his return, but the team is expected to give an update on his status following surgery. Bryant was expected to miss the season following his meeting with team doctors on Friday, but took the weekend and a final visit to make his decision.

A video of Kobe receiving news his rotator cuff was completely "torn off the bone" was released, courtesy of Players' Tribune. Bryant suffered the injury following a dunk against the New Orleans Pelicans on Jan. 21.

The Lakers still have 37 games to play this season and are currently on the worst losing streak of the year. This will be the third season-ending injury Bryant has suffered in a row, and the second campaign he'll miss a huge portion of. No timetable has been set, but a major surgery on his shoulder will likely sideline him for months. Early thoughts expect Bryant to miss roughly six months, according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.

We'll follow-up with updates when the Lakers release their post-surgery notes.

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