Posted October 03, 2013

Report: Kobe Bryant to Germany for knee treatment

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant addressed reporters over the weekend at Lakers Media Day. (Alex Gallardo/AP)

Kobe Bryant is traveling to Germany to have platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right knee, Yahoo! Sports reported.

Bryant went to Germany for a knee procedure similar to PRP in July 2011, a year after undergoing surgery to remove bone fragments from his knee. Three months later, according to the Los Angeles Times, he returned to Germany for PRP-type treatment on his right ankle.

Earlier Thursday, the Lakers announced that Bryant has left the country for an undisclosed medical procedure unrelated to his recovery from Achilles tendon surgery. The team wouldn’t say where Bryant was going. He is expected to return next week. “No concern whatsoever,” coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters.

Here’s how Sports Illustrated described PRP therapy in a 2010 story:

In PRP therapy, which was pioneered over the last decade by Dr. Allan Mishra of the Stanford University Medical Center, about two tablespoons of a patient’s blood are removed and put through a centrifuge. This creates a concentrated dose of soft-tissue-healing platelets that is then reinjected into the patient [at the site of an injury]. In part because no red blood cells are reinjected, PRP treatments are not considered blood doping.

The Lakers haven’t disclosed a timetable for Bryant’s return from his Achilles injury. Bryant on Wednesday took the court at training camp for the first time.

“He just keeps progressing,” D’Antoni said Wednesday, according to ESPN Los Angeles. “He was out today shooting a little bit and jogging. He just keeps getting better.”

Bryant, 35, is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him an NBA-high $30.5 million. The five-time champion and 15-time All-Star needs just 676 points to move past Michael Jordan for the No. 3 spot on the all-time scoring list.

The Lakers open the regular season against the Clippers on Oct. 29.

8 comments
DanielPowers
DanielPowers

he goes abroad to have surgery again? the usa badly need obamacare lol

Bad1v
Bad1v

All of you who are saying Kobe is using PED's because of this treatment need to get a life since you have no proof.    I'll be waiting for you to say the same thing about Peyton Manning and the others listed in the article l have linked.  Of course I am sure Pope John Paul II was using PED's too.

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Who else has had this type of procedure?

Many athletes have had this or similar procedures. In addition to Kobe Bryant, well known athletes like Peyton Manning, Tracy McGrady, Tiger Woods, Andrew Bynum, Fred Couples and hundreds of other athletes in many sports have had the procedure. More recently, Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice left training camp to go to Germany for a similar procedure. It works for non-athletes with orthopedic issues as well, like UFC president Dana White, Pope John Paul II and super-agent Ari Emanuel.


OK
OK

Blondes working at that clinic best be careful with Da Alleged Rapist on da property.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

I guess American orthopedists can't put the right "spin" into their centrifuges, if you know what I mean.

Hmmm...didn't Tiger Woods do something similar with a Canadian doctor later connected to PEDs?

Same therapy, too.

Kobe, Tiger = iconic symbols of their sports.  Nothing here, folks...move it along.  /sarc off/

ElvisHitler
ElvisHitler

Translation = Kobe to Germany for steroid therapy.

NoHoJo
NoHoJo

PRP is done by many orthopedic specialists in Los Angeles, including MDs at Kerlan-Jobe. There must be something different about the procedure  being done in Germany, otherwise why travel overseas?

AnthonyPatterrson
AnthonyPatterrson

@MidwestGolfFan Yeah, because you clearly need to travel overseas to get PEDs /sarc off.

I guess Tiger has been juicing since he was a toddler, same with Kobe.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@ElvisHitler Great point, because those German steroids are undetectable in the United States.

jshiver15
jshiver15

@NoHoJo Because Germany has some of the best orthopedic specialists on the planet.  MANY U.S. athletes come to Germany to get themselves worked on.