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What is Kobe Bryant's future?

Kobe Bryant, out since Dec. 17 with a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee, was reassessed Tuesday -- and the news was not great. The star will be out for at least the next three weeks, meaning he won't play in the NBA All-Star Game despite being voted in as a starter. With the Los Angeles Lakers at 16-29, should the team just shut him down for the season and look ahead? What does that future hold?

What should the Lakers do with Kobe Bryant?

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  • What do you expect from Kobe Bryant if he returns shortly after the All-Star break?

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  • Will the Lakers ever win another playoff series with Kobe Bryant?

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  • How many more seasons does Kobe Bryant have as an elite player?

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  • Who should start the All-Star Game in Kobe Bryant's absence (assuming Chris Paul is also not available)?

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Where will Melo go?

Carmelo Anthony could become a free agent after the 2013-14 season, and leaving the New York Knicks -- who are a mere 17-27, even after beating the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday -- might not seem like a bad plan. But will it happen? Kobe Bryant on Sunday said he isn't going to actively recruit the man who broke his Madison Square Garden scoring record with 62 points on Friday night. And Anthony's wife, La La, said Melo "definitely" will stay with the Knicks. What do you think will happen?

Where will Carmelo Anthony be at the start of the 2014-15 season?

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  • Should Kobe Bryant actively recruit Carmelo Anthony if Melo becomes a free agent after this season?

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  • How much does La La Anthony's insistence that Carmelo Anthony will "definitely" stay with the Knicks change your opinion of his potential free agency?

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  • Which will be the biggest factor in Carmelo Anthony's pending free-agency decision?

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  • Would you want your favorite team to sign Carmelo Anthony if he becomes a free agent this offseason?

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  • How would the Lakers fare in 2014-15 with Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and a top-10 draft pick?

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  • Will Carmelo Anthony ever win an NBA championship?

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Kobe vs. Jordan one-on-one?

Shocking revelations from Phil Jackson: It turns out that Kobe Bryant is really confident. In an interview with Fox Sports Live, Jackson said that he asked Michael Jordan to talk to Kobe Bryant shortly after Jordan's second retirement in 1999. One might expect a young player to be a bit star-struck when meeting a legend like Jordan, but this is Kobe Bryant we're talking about here. Jackson said the first thing that Kobe said to MJ upon meeting him was ''I could kick your ass one-on-one.'' This is, of course, the perfect Kobe Bryant response -- we'd imagine Kobe says some version of that to most everyone he meets, whether or not they're even professional basketball players.

Who would win a game of one-on-one if both were in their primes?

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  • How many titles would Kobe Bryant have won with Michael Jordan's core team with the Bulls? (Jordan won six)

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  • How many titles would Michael Jordan have won with Kobe Bryant's core team with the Lakers? (Bryant won five)

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Bynum, Gasol on trading block?

The Lakers seemed to be happy with their decision not to trade Pau Gasol, but now that Kobe Bryant is out for six weeks, they seem to be putting Gasol back out there. They've discussed one potential deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which would exchange Gasol for Andrew Bynum. The Cavaliers would receive a veteran to complement Kyrie Irving, while the Lakers could waive Bynum in order to save more than $20 million in salary and luxury taxes. Not exactly a standard blockbuster trade for the Lakers, but when your playoff hopes are slim, sometimes you have to look to the future.

Which team would get the better end of this potential trade?

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  • Do the Lakers need to receive at least one other player to make a potential Pau Gasol-Andrew Bynum trade viable?

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  • Would the Cavaliers be a playoff team with Pau Gasol?

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  • All else being equal, what would be a better trade for the Cavaliers?

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  • How confident are you that Andrew Bynum can be a productive player in the NBA again?

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Kobe Bryant out six weeks

Just when it looked like Kobe Bryant was starting to show flashes of his old self after his comeback from an Achilles injury, calamity: The Lakers legend has a fracture of the lateral tibial plateau in his left knee that will sideline him for at least six weeks. The Lakers are in a tough spot -- they're 12-13 and would have faced a tough road to the playoffs even with Kobe at full strength. Now they face an interesting decision: Do they go all-in this season and try to tread water until Kobe comes back, or do they bet on him still being an elite player come next season?

  • What chance do you give the Lakers (12-13) of making the playoffs with Kobe Bryant likely missing six weeks?

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  • Will the Lakers ever be title contenders again with Kobe Bryant?

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  • How many more years does Kobe Bryant have left as an elite player?

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  • What should the Lakers do with the remainder of their roster?

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