Kobe Bryant will skip surgery

February 15, 2008 8:10:53 AM PST
It's his little finger. But it may turn out to be a big problem for Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right pinkie finger.A hand specialist has recommended surgery. But Bryant says he has decided to delay going under the knife. Surgery could sideline for six weeks. But Bryant is hoping rest and treatment will keep him on the court through the season and the playoffs.

The injury took place when Bryant dislocated the finger at New Jersey last week. He aggravated it in Wednesday night's game at Minnesota. It's unclear if the injury will keep Bryant out of the All-Star game in Minnesota on Sunday.