San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant has a tear in his right rotator cuff, the team tweeted Thursday afternoon.
Bryant played through the injury in Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans, shooting 6-of-14 from the floor for 14 points over 30 minutes.
The 36-year-old guard was favoring the shoulder in the fourth quarter after throwing down a dunk and even hit a left-handed floater before exiting to the locker room.
Preliminary results of Thursday's MRI revealed the extent of the injury, and the team announced the future Hall-of-Famer will fly back to Los Angeles for further evaluation.
Bryant has been in-and-out of the lineup for the past month. He is averaging 22.3 points per game but making just 37.3 percent of his shots. The 19-year veteran has never shot worse than 41.7 percent, and that came during his rookie season.