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Kobe Bryant plans to shed splint

Updated: September 26, 2010, 12:41 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Several seasons ago, Kobe Bryant approached Nike asking for a more streamlined sneaker that wouldn't weigh him down as much on the court as his traditional high tops, and the company obliged with a low-top alternative.

Bryant announced at the Lakers' annual media day Saturday that he is going with a new less-is-more approach this season, like his sneaker preference. The All-Star guard is electing to not wear a splint on the bothersome right index finger on his shooting ...

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