Kobe update

No word yet from the Lakers on when they expect Kobe Bryant to undergo his long-delayed surgery to repair his damaged right pinkie. Word might come later this week, after Bryant gets a few days of rest and relaxation after helping Team USA to victory in the Olympics. Bryant originally injured his finger in a Feb. 5 game against the New Jersey Nets. Since jamming his finger against the body of then-Nets guard Jason Kidd, he has played in the All-Star game, secured his first MVP award, led the Lakers to Pacific Division and Western Conference titles and won an Olympic gold medal.
The Lakers aren’t overly concerned about Bryant’s return from surgery. Training camp starts Sept. 30, and it’s certainly possible that Bryant won’t be ready to practice right away. But that’s all guess-work at this point. We’ll all know more, after the surgery is performed.