Surgery possible for Kobe

Kobe Bryant said today he might undergo surgery on his damaged right index finger. First, he planned to travel to South Africa to attend soccer’s World Cup. Then, he’ll meet with the Lakers’ medical staff to discuss a course of action on his finger. He said his sore right knee didn’t bother him after he had it drained of excess fluid during the Lakers’ opening-round victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder two months ago. He said the finger troubled him the most of all his nagging injuries. He also suffered ankle and back ailments. Bryant left open the possibility of joining Team USA for the World Championships later this summer.