Earlier this weeks Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant returned to the team after traveling to Germany to undergo the platelet-rich plasma treatment otherwise known as Orthokine on his right knee.
The 35 year-old guard walked off the team bus and into Citizens Business Bank Arena on his own power and without any visible limp.
YouWager experts report that Bryant is still recovering from surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon. It’s still uncertain when he will return however he has been able to do some light jogging and set shooting during the first week of training camp.
The 5x NBA Champion has previously stated that it’s too soon to know whether it will be possible to play by the Lakers’ season opener versus the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 29 but that he is working hard towards this.
According to coach Mike D’Antoni he had no idea whether Bryant would be ready for the season opener.
The procedure on the player’s knee was unrelated to his recovery from the Achilles injury. Several sources have said that this was some kind of a “tuneup” for his knee, rather than treatment for a new injury.
A couple of years ago Bryant traveled to Germany twice — once in the summer and once in the fall — to undergo platelet-rich plasma therapy on his left ankle and right knee. While this wasn’t the Philadelphia native’s first time, he said getting such treatment is far from routine.
Last year Bryant had planned to return to Germany for the same procedure on his right knee but ultimately did not go. As online sports betting fans might recall, the 2 time NBA Finals MVP won a gold medal while playing for Team USA that summer in London.