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Lakers: Kobe Will Return From Knee Surgery By Camp
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Lakers say Kobe Bryant recently underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Bryant will be fully recovered well before training camp opens Sept. 25, the Lakers said in a brief statement Friday. The two-time NBA finals MVP underwent surgery last week.

His knee was drained of fluid early in the playoffs, and he played through several additional injuries while leading the Lakers to their second straight title.

The Lakers said last month that Bryant likely would have surgery this summer to clean up his knee. It wasn't considered urgent, and he made a trip to South Africa for the World Cup before getting it done.

The team hasn't announced whether Bryant will have surgery on his injured index finger.

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