On his website (kb24.com), Kobe Bryant announced this past Tuesday that he has opted out of surgery because the physical recovery would take too long. Instead, Bryant plans to play through his pain. "When the doctors told me recovery from a procedure could be 12 weeks, I just decided now was not the time to have surgery," a stoic Bryant stated. Back on February 5th, in a game against the New Jersey Nets, Kobe Bryant tore ligaments in his right little finger. Despite the pain, Bryant led his team to the NBA finals where his team ultimately lost in six games against the Celtics. Off-season surgery would have been an option for Kobe but his duties to the Redeem Team in the Beijing Olympics took precedence. Now, with little time before the NBA season begins once more, Kobe feels it is something he can definitely work through. The Lakers will open up team camp on September 27 and their first game is October 28 against the Portland Trail Blazers at home. Check out our NBA tickets page to see when your team's first game will take place.