Kobe Bryant might be out for the season but he isn't

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ready to call it quits just yet.

The Lakers confirmed on Monday that Bryant will undergo surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder, likely sidelining him for the remainder of the 2014-2015 campaign. However, even after suffering three major injuries in a span of 16 months, the 17-time All-Star plans to return next season, according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan.

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Bryant has fought through a number of injuries during his career and has been adament on leaving the game on his own terms. Attempting a comeback from his latest setback comes as no surprise. To sweeten the deal, Bryant is set to be the highest paid player in the NBA next season, making $25 million.

In 35 games this season, Bryant averaged 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists. At 12-and-33, the Lakers hold the fourth worst record in the NBA.

Without Bryant in the fold, the Lakers' chance of landing a top pick in the draft are even greater.

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