Kobe Bryant Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Finger and Return

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant looks on during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Houston Rockets, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. The Rockets won 112-95. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2016

Los Angeles Lakers swingman Kobe Bryant suffered a dislocated middle finger on his right (shooting) hand on Friday against the San Antonio Spurs. However, he would not miss any additional games due to the injury. 

Continue for updates. 

Bryant Active vs. Bulls

Sunday, Feb. 21

The Lakers announced Bryant was in Sunday's starting lineup against Chicago. 

Bryant's X-Rays Negative

Saturday, Feb. 20

According to's Mike Trudell, "X-Rays were negative on Kobe's finger, meaning there is no fracture and just a dislocation."

Bryant Injures Finger vs. Spurs

Friday, Feb. 19

Video appeared to show Bryant getting his finger reset before re-entering Friday's 119-113 loss to the San Antonio Spurs:

Trudell provided some more details on the sequence of events that unfolded following the injury: 

"It hurt, but I’ve been through worse pain," Bryant said, per's Baxter Holmes

Bryant's List of Injuries Continues to Grow in Final Season

Bryant has been battling shoulder and Achilles injuries all season long, but he's toughed it out during a farewell tour that has watched fans flock to stadiums throughout the Association to catch one last glimpse of the Purple and Gold legend. 

"It's fun to go to these arenas for the last time and be able to soak it all in and really appreciate the arenas and appreciate the fans and the players from a different perspective versus having blinders on and really just focusing on one thing," Bryant said, according to the Associated Press' Janie McCauley (via 

And while Bryant's effectiveness has plummeted following a debilitating Achilles tear, rotator cuff injury and fractured lateral tibial plateau in his knee, he's stayed true to his identity and hoisted shots with reckless abandon. 

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