Kobe Bryant flew to Germany late Wednesday night to once again undergo platelet-rich plasma treatment on his right knee and is expected to be back early next week, according to the Los Angeles Lakers.
This is the second time Bryant has chosen to do this procedure. He initially received this therapy in the 2011 offseason, which at the time was considered to be experimental and new-age. The treatment itself consist of a small amount of blood taken from the patient’s arm that is rotated in a centrifuge for approximately 20 minutes to isolate platelets. Then after is injected into the injured area in attempt to help stimulate reparation in the tissue.
Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni on Thursday stated that he did not know much about the surgery and did not speak to Bryant prior to his leaving to Germany but did clarify that it was expected in his recovery process.
“I don’t know that much about it,” D”Antoni said. ” I don’t think it’s a surprise. I think he had it programmed and it just was the way it was. He had time since he’s not getting on the court yet. I don’t think its a big deal and I think don’t think it caught him by surprise. Instead of doing it in August, he is doing it now.”
Pau Gasol on Thursday stated that he also did not have any information about the procedure and did not talk to Bryant last night but is confident that his teammate will be back strong.
“It worked out well,” Gasol said in reference Bryant’s play after receiving the same therapy in 2011. “You could say it was a new man with a brand new knee that felt a lot better. I guess that’s why he is going back to get another boost.”
He also noted that Bryant presence at practice does help the team plays more focused but knows his teammate is doing what is best for himself and the Lakers.
“Well his presence is always helpful,” Gasol said. “I think he could get guys locked in. When he is here, he works hard in there. So when guys see that and they carry it over as a team to the court, but if he has to do this procedure over again it is because he needs it. He does whatever is best for him and for the team so you got to respect it.”
This sparks up speculation that Bryant may be thinking that he is progressing along well in his rehabilitation from Achilles surgery, but whatever it may be the Lakers star appears headed in the right direction.
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