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06-12-2003, 10:58 AM
Kobe Bryant to have shoulder surgery

June 11, 2003
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will undergo surgery Thursday in New York City to repair a tear in the tissue around his right shoulder socket.

The surgery is scheduled to be performed at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center by Dr. Louis Bigliani, a shoulder specialist, the Lakers said.

The injury was diagnosed a week ago by team doctor Steve Lombardo, and the star guard decided on surgery after consultation with three other doctors.

The team said Bryant was hurt April 22 during a first-round playoff game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. That means he played the next 10 games with the injury.

Bryant said he was injured when he went to the rim for a dunk and jammed his shoulder.

Last week on ESPN's ``SportsCenter,'' Bryant said he was uncertain as to whether he'll be able to play for Team USA in the Olympic qualifying tournament, to be held in August in Puerto Rico.

``Right now, what they're talking is I'm going to miss a big bulk of the summer,'' he said. ``I love training so much. This is a really fun time for me, preparation for next season. I just want to make sure I get back on my feet as quickly as possible.''

The Lakers were eliminated Western Conference semifinals by San Antonio, ending Los Angeles' run of three straight NBA championships.

Bryant finished the regular season as the NBA's second-leading scorer, averaging a career-best 30 points a game. He scored 40 or more points in nine straight games in February and also had career-high averages of 6.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists while playing in each of the Lakers' 82 games.

first it wasn't sure when the surgery was, but as you read, it's today!

06-12-2003, 12:19 PM
Originally posted by: mavs_girl1987

``I love training so much. This is a really fun time for me, preparation for next season.''

Get a Life!

Tony tha Mavs fan
06-12-2003, 12:28 PM
I wish all NBA players had the same attitude Kobe has as far as training , you'd see alot of better players out there.

06-12-2003, 12:38 PM
i'm sure lakers fans wish shaq had the same attitude and work ethic as kobe. but as a mavs fan, i sure am glad he doesn't!