Saturday , Jul , 15 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Lakers’ Bryant has minor knee surgery

Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) – USA Basketball announced that Lakers
guard Kobe Bryant had minor knee surgery on Saturday.

Bryant had an arthroscopy on his right knee to remove scar tissue and for
treatment of cartilage, temporarily putting the star out of action. Bryant is
expected to fully recover in eight to 12 weeks, but will remain on the men’s
senior national team.

The guard is expected to still attend the team’s training camp and pre-World
Championship tour, but will have limited participation.

“We trust that Kobe will have a total and speedy recovery, and we were pleased
that he expressed a willingness to remain as involved with our team as
possible through this process,” said the team’s managing director Jerry
Colangelo. “Kobe being with the team will add to our team chemistry and his
presence will help provide valuable off court leadership.”

Bryant’s surgery and recovery will not impact his upcoming season commitments
with the Lakers.

Last year, Bryant averaged 35.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.84
steals per game in 80 contests with the Lakers, who lost to Phoenix in the
first round of the playoffs in seven games.

The USA Team opens training in Las Vegas on July 19.