Kobe Bryant in Germany for ‘routine’ knee procedure

first_imgKobe Bryant continues to take treatment to heal his body, and it goes beyond rehabbing his left Achilles tendon.Bryant traveled to Germany on Wednesday night to have platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right knee, according to a source with knowledge of the procedure. The source, who wished to remain anonymous, described Bryant’s procedure as “routine” and suggested any issues surrounding Bryant’s knee aren’t serious.Bryant went to Germany in 2011 to have a similar procedure on his surgically repaired right knee and left ankle called Orthokine, which involves removing blood from an affected area and spinning it into a centrifuge to isolate platelets. They are then injected into the injured area to stimulate tissue repair.Yahoo! Sports, citing league sources, first reported the procedure. The Lakers declined disclosing which country Bryant visited and what the procedure entails, other than it’s unrelated to his surgically repaired left Achilles tendon and that they expect him to return sometime next week.Bryant’s agent, Rob Pelinka, didn’t return phone calls seeking comment.But Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said he has “no concern whatsoever” on what this means for Bryant’s ongoing recovery.“I don’t think I’m surprised,” D’Antoni said after practice Thursday at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. “I think he had it programmed and that’s the way it was. He knew he had time because he’s not getting on the court yet. I don’t think it’s a big deal. I don’t think it caught anybody by surprise. Instead of doing it in August, he’s doing it now.”Bryant made some progress Wednesday in what marked the Lakers’ fifth day of training camp by participating in light jogging and set-shooting. The Lakers haven’t released any timetable on when they expect Bryant to return, including any of the Lakers’ eight preseason games through Oct. 25 and the season opener Oct. 29 against the Clippers at Staples Center. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img When Bryant suffered the Achilles injury April 12 against the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers estimated he’d stay sidelined for at least six to nine months.“If it was for his Achilles, maybe I’d be worried,” Lakers forward Pau Gasol said in a brief interview with this newspaper. “But if it’s for his knee, I don’t think it’s still worse. Maybe it’s just a nice trip to Germany.”Bryant has largely credited his overseas procedure in Germany two years ago in allowing him to average 27.9 points in 38.5 minutes per game through 58 contests during the NBA’s lockout-shortened season in 2011-12. That marked an improve­ment from the 25.3 points in 33.9 minutes he averaged per game in the previous season. Bryant had planned to return to Germany in 2012 for the same procedure on his right knee. But he declined because of his commitment with Team USA, which he led to a gold-medal win over Spain in the 2012 London Olympics. Before his Achilles injury, Bryant averaged 27.3 points in 38.6 minutes through 78 games last season and attributed his output partly to a stricter diet that allowed him to lose 16 pounds during the offseason.“It has to make sense,” Bryant said during the 2011-12 season of his past medical procedures. “You can’t just try something just to try it. It has to make sense. It has to be something that you can back with research and study. It’s my job to know these things. You have people that you pay to know these things.”last_img

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