Hope that Kobe Bryant will be able to play before the end of the season took another hit Friday when the Lakers said the superstar is still experiencing swelling and soreness in his left knee.

Bryant was examined Friday by a team physician, and will be reevaluated in three more weeks, the Lakers said. There are 27 games remaining, and it’s unclear if Bryant could return before the end of the regular season April 16.

He has appeared in only six games this season, missing the first month and a half because of a torn Achilles’ tendon. He has not played since Dec. 17, when he fractured the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee.

“It’s been a slow process,” Bryant told reporters last week at All-Star Weekend in New Orleans. He has still not been cleared for weight-bearing activities, and instead has been limited to training on a stationary bicycle.

“I just try to keep blinders on and do what I have to do,” Bryant said, “and not worry about too much what’s going on around you, but just try to stay focused on what your responsibilities are.”

The organization also announced that Nick Young, who has not played since Feb. 5 in Cleveland because of a fractured patella, has been cleared to play Sunday when the Lakers host the Brooklyn Nets.

“That’s what Nick wants to do,” Coach Mike D’Antoni said. “He’s looking forward to that. I think maybe tomorrow, see how he goes in practice, and just see how he feels.”