What are his plans?
O.C. Register: Kobe Bryant has been doing his practice shooting recently without the usual splint for his fractured right index finger, and he is considering ditching the support for the postseason, which begins Sunday.
It’s no coincidence that Bryant’s experimentation comes right before the serious part of the championship defense. While working on his shooting before the Lakers’ game Wednesday night, he was not wearing the splint.
Bryant was listed as sitting out the last two games of the season to rest his finger, which he had typically splinted when he played Sunday against Portland and missed two key free throws down the stretch. After that game Bryant mentioned considering changes, saying: “I haven’t been shooting free throws very well anyway. I’m trying to brush up on them, change it up a little bit and get it right for the playoffs.”
The two games before that Bryant skipped, he was listed as sitting out to rest his swollen right knee, not his finger. Bryant initially suffered the avulsion fracture trying to receive a pass from Jordan Farmar on Dec. 11 in the 21st game of the regular season.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a general interview with the team’s Web site that he has noticed Bryant without the brace on his finger but didn’t know Bryant’s plans.