Agree with it or not, Kobe knows his body and what he's capable of better than anyone.
I would've liked to have seen it done, but there's a legit case to be made against it as well.
Unfortunately, it doesn't make the season start any earlier.
If there is permanent damage, surgery would force him to start all over again and would force him to take MORE time off...
Not to mention, possible complications of surgery where he'd have to have ADDITIONAL surgery.
I'm finding it hard to come up with a reason he SHOULD get the surgery, in spite of medical opinions. We already know what he can do as is...what is unknown is whether the surgically repaired pinkie will add function...or remove it.
This announcement means one thing (in my mind): Most of the damage is permanent and repair isn't worth the down time. It's likely that barring major setbacks this season, Kobe will NEVER have his finger repaired.