Bryant Tears Ligament in Pinkie

Says no to surgery
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2008 12:08 AM CST
Bryant Tears Ligament in Pinkie
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant runs down the court with the ball in the fourth quarter during a basketball game against the Miami Heat in Miami, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2008. Bryant was the top scorer for the Lakers with 33 points. The Lakers won 104-94. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)   (Associated Press)

A pinkie injury Kobe Bryant sustained earlier in the month has taken a turn for the worse, the LA Times reports. Though Bryant's pinkie was initially listed as dislocated, following further aggravation during Wednesday's victory over Minnesota, the digit now has a torn ligament and an avulsion fracture. Bryant, for now, is ruling out surgery which would sideline him for six weeks.

"I would prefer to delay any surgical procedure until after our Lakers season, and this summer's Olympic Games," Bryant said in a statement. We support him in his decision," said GM Mitch Kupchack, adding "But a week or two down the road, if he gets hit again, or if it just doesn't work, it doesn't mean he won't have surgery." (Read more Kobe Bryant stories.)

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