The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that guard Kobe Bryant will miss six weeks with a fractured tibia in is left leg.

Bryant is only weeks away from having returned from his torn Achilles he suffered last spring, making this the second major leg injury inside of a year. In preseason, he visited Germany for a treatment on his sore knee.

It's a brutal blow for the Lakers who were just starting to gel after a win over the Bobcats and Grizzlies with Bryant, picking up steam to maybe make a playoff run. Pau Gasol had stopped whining and was playing better. Jordan Farmar could return around the beginning of the year. But now with Bryant lost for what is likely to be another month, you wonder if their feel-good start can return without a healthy point guard or Bryant to help carry the load.