Kobe Bryant Leaves Country for Procedure Unrelated to Achilles Injury
No storyline has garnered as much attention during the 2013 NBA offseason as the recovery process of injured Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant. Bryant has spent months rehabilitating a torn Achilles tendon that forced him to miss the playoffs.
The Lakers organization wouldn't reveal which country Bryant has gone to and decided not to inform the media of what exactly Kobe is dealing with.
However, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski provides details on the procedure:
Kobe Bryant is traveling to Germany to have another round of platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right knee, league sources tell Y! Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 3, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 8
From the Lakers Twitter feed:
Kobe out on the bench before the game. pic.twitter.com/WhLQnDPdFW— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 9, 2013
.@kobebryant: "I feel very fortunate to be at this stage. I feel like I'm ahead of schedule."— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 9, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 8
Kobe has returned to the Lakers for tonight's preseason game vs the Nuggets according to the Lakers Vine account.
UPDATE: Friday, Oct. 4
From ESPN's Ramona Shelburne:
Kobe Bryant will be back in the States on Monday after his Orthokine treatment.— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) October 5, 2013
Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding weighs in on Kobe Bryant's procedure:
Due to Bryant's history with German doctors who have done wonders for his knees, Wojnarowski's information isn't surprising.
The Lakers noted that Kobe is expected to be back in the U.S. next week.
Lakers:Kobe Bryant has flown out of country to have a medical procedure unrelated to Achilles injury. Lakers say he will be back next week— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) October 3, 2013
The question on every Lakers fan's mind is simple: What does this mean for his availability?
On Sept. 26, Bryant told Mohammed N Al Khan of The National, a newspaper in Dubai, that he expects to be available for the start of the 2013-14 NBA regular season.
Per Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Bryant was jogging and shooting on the fifth day of Lakers training camp on Wednesday.
Bryant, 35, tore his Achilles tendon on April 12 in a 118-116 win over the Golden State Warriors after topping 40 minutes for the seventh consecutive game. Should he return for opening night, it will be exactly 200 days between the date of his injury and his return—a quick recovery for a player of his age.
Bryant continues to be the key cog in Los Angeles, and the Lakers are certainly banking on him being healthy and back to form this season.
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