The "Black Mamba" once again has been snakebitten with injury. Los Angeles star guard Kobe Bryant is expected to miss six weeks with a fractured knee after recently returning from a torn Achilles tendon.

Jazz guard Gordon Hayward said it’s difficult to see anybody get hurt, but that Bryant's injury will affect the NBA’s appeal worldwide.

“You hate to see anybody go down, especially somebody who is one of the faces of the NBA,” he said. “We like to compete; guys are enemies when we’re playing against them, but at the same time it’s a brotherhood for us. We’re a union and it’s about making money, so when somebody like that goes down, worldwide you see a decline.”

In only six games this season, Bryant has averaged 13.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game, but Utah coach Ty Corbin pointed out the Lakers adjusted to playing without him early and started to find an identity.

“This Lakers team is dangerous,” Corbin said. “Early on they got used to playing without him and started playing pretty well. They’re going to shoot fast and shoot often. We got to make sure we don’t fall into the trap of trying to play at their pace.”