|Posted by shawn cassidy on October 4, 2013 at 3:35 AM|
Kobe is really pushing an early return. It makes sense, he's 35 with very few years left in the NBA.
Kobe Bryant is in Germany and will undergo the platelet-rich plasma treatment known as Orthokine on his right knee, a source confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com on Thursday.
Bryant underwent the same therapy on his right knee in Germany in 2011.
Yahoo! Sports earlier reported that the Los Angeles Lakers star was traveling to Germany for the treatment.
The Lakers said Thursday that Bryant had left the country Wednesday night to undergo an undisclosed medical procedure not related to the torn Achilles he suffered in April. The team said it expects him back early next week.
Bryant, 35, did not speak with Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni prior to this departure. He did go over his plans with Lakers trainer Gary Vitti, who then informed D'Antoni.
"I don't think it's a surprise," D'Antoni said Thursday of Bryant's procedure. "I think he had it programmed, and just the way it was, he knew he had time because he's not getting on the court yet. So I don't think it's a big deal, and I don't think it caught him by surprise. Instead of doing it in August, he's doing it now.
"There's no concern whatsoever."
A spokesman for Bryant declined comment. Rob Pelinka, Bryant's agent, could not immediately be reached for comment.
D'Antoni estimated Bryant would be gone from the team for a couple of days.
Leaving the United States for medical attention is nothing new for the star guard. He traveled to Germany twice in 2011 -- once in the summer and once in the fall -- to undergo platelet-rich plasma therapy on his left ankle and right knee.
Kobe's procedure involves removing blood from the affected area and spinning it in a centrifuge. Molecules that cause inflammatory responses are then removed to create a serum that is injected back into the affected area.
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