Posted October 09, 2013

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant discusses knee treatment in Germany, Achilles progress

Ben Golliver, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant remains the center of attention in Los Angeles. (Evan Gole/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant remains the center of attention in Los Angeles despite an Achilles injury. (Evan Gole/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant caught some people by surprise last week when he traveled to Germany for another round of platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right knee, but he explained Tuesday that the trip was simply a matter of convenience.

“I do it every now and then,” Bryant told Time Warner Cable SportsNet, when asked about the cutting-edge procedure. “But this year, this summer, I haven’t had the chance to run, so I don’t know how the knee is going to hold up, if it’s going to be sore or what. Instead of taking that chance in the middle of the season and trying to disappear to Germany then, I figured I’d do it right now.”

The interview was conducted while Bryant sat on the bench watching the Lakers and Nuggets face off in a preseason game in Ontario, Calif.

On Monday, Bryant posted two photos of his knees being treated with needles to Instagram with the caption “In case [you] were wondering… Germany.”

Bryant downplayed the significant of the knee maintenance, which he previously received in 2011, and painted it as just another step on his path back to the court.

“Just making sure I take care of everything,” he said of the trip. “I haven’t had this much time off in a very, very long time. When I come back I want to make sure I’m 100 percent.”

As for the Achilles, Bryant continued to avoid any discussion of a possible return date, but he continued to strike the optimistic tone he’s used all summer.

“It’s going well, I feel good,” he told Time Warner Cable SportsNet. “Obviously I feel like I’m ahead of schedule. It’s about kind of getting that range of motion where I feel like I can run comfortably. The last stage is really the explosiveness and the muscle endurance and that will come.”

Bryant, 35, is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him an NBA-high $30.5 million. The five-time champion 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.

10 comments
psforthome
psforthome

I have am a registered nurse, with 32 years experience, & I can attest that this is a bona fide treatment for ortho injuries. Perhaps some on this site should do some research before they post!

x72
x72

Translation = Went to Germany for PEDs

tfaw
tfaw

kobe means tool in japanese

6marK6
6marK6

Breaking news, Kobe talks about Kobe. 

Bad1v
Bad1v

@Richard--RamirezShould we have tested everyone listed in this article?  How about starting with Peyton Manning?

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1798763-what-is-this-knee-treatment-kobe-bryant-goes-all-the-way-to-germany-for

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.