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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  • lakers0828

    Thats Good To Know Cause I thought He Should Have Rested Last Season but knowing He will Have Surgery Hopefully Kobe will be back and hopefully He will Be the Same Next Yr

  • kobebyrantfinalmvp

    he got the heart of a champion go lakers kobe final mvp again

  • 09champs!

    I wanted to see Kobe play for USA in the World Championship.
    But the decision is the smartest one, HE HAS TO BE 100 % HEALTHY NEXT YEAR TO WIN THE 3 PEAT ;)

  • http://myspace.com/taeyongpark Day

    Article was cool, people need to stfu about LeBron lol.

  • Matt from Dallas

    this is good news

  • lakerbunny

    get the fingers fixed too! http://bit.ly/a6iLTr

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  • kb24dbest

    Thas good. He needs it and I hope he can have surgery to fix his finger also. It just a bummer that he’ll miss USA bball. I was hoping he can get his 2nd gold. I wonder why he didn’t have surgery on his finger last summer when he had no other commitments..