Monday, February 27th, 2012 at 10:30 am  |  20 responses

Alex Rodriguez: Kobe Bryant Considered Retirement Due to Knee Pain

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.’”

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  • RobbieJay

    the kobe system.

  • Kobester

    It’s sad to think about one of the best ever is near the end of his peak. We all know he works hard to maintain his body but when you are 33 yrs old and have been in the L since you are 18 and have played in countless playoff games, all those injuries add up and one day something could happen and it’d be the end.

  • DerekG

    His leg had to be near broken for him to consider retirement! Dude loves basketball too much!

  • patrick

    So did AROD get the treatment himself then? And for knee strain + accumulated wear and tear..i’m suprised i don’t see more NBA players massaging their knee ligaments with high-powered whirlpool jets..works wonders for me..instead i see them using big bags of ice lol!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    A Rod, you are a liar.

  • OTB

    What would ARod get out of lying? Kobe has admitted that he was in pain much of last season.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You really believe Kobe was going to retire? You really believe he considered it? You really don’t know that A-Rod is a proven liar? He probably just said that, to make his story more entertaining. Liars lie, not everything, especially from Alex Rodriguez is calculated, or even considered.

  • robb

    you’re welcome

  • bike

    So Kobe confided in Alex and maybe asked him not to go public with this little tidbit? And so we are to believe that Alex violated Kobe’s trust and let this be known?
    This story reeks of bullsh*t.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Man, we stuck with A-Rod for 6 more years. He probably has 2 decent years left in him. Maybe Kobe was joking around that he felt like retiring and A-Rod not being the brightest crayon in the box took him seriously. Either way, A-Rod’s a bird…

  • http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1122425/index.htm nbk

    Good point O – didn’t really think about the “he may just be gullible” perspective.

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    The motherf*cker wouldnt retire if you cut his damn leg off. Dude would be hopping around out there jacking up more shots then ever.

  • flight7

    Kobe will play another 5 seasons to about 38, score another 10,000 points (about 25 ppg) and retire with 6-7 rings and the all time leading scorer….

  • Wasabi

    I believe him.
    kobe loves to talk about all the injuries and pain he continues to play with.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    Wasabi wins!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    nbk – psychologist to the athletes he’s never met.

  • Justin G.

    I was sort of thinking the same thing Ugh. I mean, who are we to say whether ARod is lying? Why would he just come out and say it if it weren’t true. What possible gain can come from this? If it isn’t true, Kobe comes out and says “I don’t know what he’s talking about” and that’s it. As physically and mentally tough as Kobe is, everyone has their breaking point. Sometimes you just can’t take it anymore. Anyway, to just come out and say “He’s lying” is kind of ridiculous

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He’s lying. If anyone really believe’s him just because he speaks then I ask you, why do you believe a documented liar, who even lies when he “coming clean?”
    Six years after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, A-Rod gave a confession, and the reparation stage had begun, supposedly. But a week later, it’s learned that the “admirable” man, apologizing for fabrications of old, couldn’t finish the interview without lies anew.

    For reasons unknown to most, Rodriguez used his “come clean” opportunity to take jabs at someone else. Maybe the thinking is, “If I make someone else dirty, then I may come up clean.” You know how the old childish theory goes: “I may have done something bad, but that’s nothing compared to what so-and-so did to me.”

    Whatever the reasoning behind it, it didn’t work, and he appears even more a liar now than before the cameras started rolling.

    A-Rod called his shot, and pointed a finger in the direction of Sports Illustrated reporter Selena Roberts.

    What was her wrong doing? Breaking the story? Not according to “Mr. Come Clean.” Rodriguez claimed that Roberts stalked him, including “trespassing and breaking into his house where his daughters slept.”

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Dude is a proven liar, this I KNOW FOR A FACT. And I know, because of education, that people that lie, tend to do it regularly. If even to sound more interesting. So Yes, I believe, 100% that A-Rod lied or was gullible in thinking Kobe considered retiring from the NBA at the age of 33.

  • Justin G.

    Age doesn’t mean sh*t. Your reasoning for not believing him is kind of weak. You’re basically saying “I don’t believe him because he’s lied in the past”. You could ultimately be right but most people that lie do it for some sort of gain. “I never did steroids” was because he didn’t want the public backlash he ended up getting anyway. How is lying about Kobe considering retirement going to help him in any way?