The innovative knee procedure that Kobe Bryant underwent in Germany during the NBA lockout has helped him regain leg strength and explosiveness, but according to baseball star Alex Rodriguez (who went through similar knee treatment on the advice of Bryant), Kobe thought about walking away from the game because of the knee trouble. From the LA Times: “The lasting image behind the Lakers’ four-game sweep to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals hardly jibed with Kobe Bryant’s legacy. He missed a game-winning shot in Game 1. Bryant’s surgically repaired right knee and sprained left ankle limited his on-court explosiveness. His 23.25 points on 45.7% shooting showed he couldn’t overcome double teams and fatigue. It would’ve hardly been the best way to end a storied career. Just ask Phil Jackson. Yet, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez told reporters Saturday that Bryant told him the pain in his right knee and ankle felt so overwhelming that he considered retiring. That is, until an innovative procedure in Germany this off-season on both his right knee and left ankle fixed everything. Bryant ‘was really adamant about how great the procedure was for him,’ Rodriguez told reporters. ‘I know that he was hurting before, almost even thinking about retirement, that’s how much pain he was under. And then he said after he went to Germany he felt like a 27-year-old again. I was still a little apprehensive about it and he kept staying on me about it.’”