Kobe takes the smart road.

NYPost: Jerry Colangelo, Team USA’s CEO, told The Post Friday he has been informed Bryant likely will have right knee surgery after the season, which is why he won’t play in the World Championships. According to a Lakers source, Bryant may undergo arthroscopic knee surgery because of wear and tear.

Bryant’s broken finger has healed, but a Lakers source said the finger is puffed up.

Asked about his condition yesterday, Bryant said, “You just try to get healthy as you can for every game and you go out there and just do your best. You just forget about the injuries and put your hardhat on and go to work.”

Kupchak said he is amazed Bryant played the whole season.

“If you talk to him now, he’ll say he’s feeling pretty good,” Kupchak said. “He had a rebirth of energy after the knee was drained. But over the course of an 82-game season, we advised him in so many different ways it was time to take some time off, but he didn’t want to hear anything about it.”

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