Monthly Archive for September, 2008

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Kobe Forgoes Pinkie Surgery

Kobe Bryant has decided to forego getting surgery on his right pinkie. The injury originally occurred on February 5th and Bryant passed on surgery at that time in order to complete the Lakers season and to subsequently play in the Olympics. It had been anticipated at the time of the injury that Kobe would get surgery after the Olympics and miss at least some of training camp, however, according to the release on, further discussions with doctors revealed an estimated 12 weeks of recovery time.

Kobe said, “When the doctors told me recovery from a procedure could be 12 weeks, I just decided now was not the time to have surgery. What it really came down to for me is that I just didn’t want to miss any time ‘punching the clock’ for the Lakers, given all we are trying to accomplish as a team this NBA season.”

Kobe is expected to participate fully in training camp and the upcoming pre-season and regular season.

You can read the full release on

Bynum Back in LA

Center Andrew Bynum has returned from six weeks of training in Atlanta and took time to speak with members of the local media today at the team’s training facility.

First impression: It’s all good.

Click here to watch the full press conference