Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 at 11:15 am  |  32 responses

Kobe Bryant Worried About His Basketball Future Last Year Due to Arthritic Knee

Kobe Bryant opened up about his fears after last season’s humiliating Playoff sweep at the hands of the defending champion Dallas Mavericks, during which he could barely move due to serious knee trouble. After undergoing some innovative treatments in Germany for the joint, Bryant is playing this year with a renewed sense of dominance, and once again eyeing another NBA championship. From Yahoo! Sports: “Kobe Bryant’s head bobbed and nodded over and over. Between the locker room and the loading dock inside Staples Center on Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers star had been asked to rewind his mind back to the end in Dallas a season ago, back to the darkness of a defeat that left him fearing finality. Eyes closed tightly, Bryant repeated the words, ‘Yes … Yes … Yes …’ Finally, Bryant let out a long sigh and insisted, ‘I wondered how I was ever going to play basketball again.’ His arthritic knee had gone bone on bone, making every step an excruciating exercise. Bryant felt like the end was creeping closer. He couldn’t practice and couldn’t move with authority on the floor. ‘There were a lot of thoughts, a lot of self-evaluating going on, wondering, how can I ever be effective again? How am I going to play despite this knee? I couldn’t move. It was just so painful. There was nothing I could do. But now I feel brand new, man.’ The solution had come with blood-platelet therapy in Germany, a doctor who repaired the knee with a procedure that has athletes now flocking overseas. The pain is gone, the movement is back, and Bryant’s 38 points in a 104-100 Game 2 victory over the Denver Nuggets resembled something straight out of the time capsule. He was devastating in the low post because the strength of that knee again allows him to hold off defenders. He was deadeye on the perimeter and responsive of the need to play through Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol on the inside. […] ‘Nothing could materialize for us last year. I couldn’t be around my guys, couldn’t practice with them,’ Bryant said. ‘And my personality could not rub off on the team. I could not give them what I’ve been giving them for the last two months.’ Rest assured, Bryant has watched one star after another go down in these playoffs, and it leaves him grateful, gratified for the chance to play. ‘Right now, I have the opportunity to compete again,’ he said. ‘Last year, I felt like I was on one leg.’ And it still bothers him because Bryant has to come to understand he’s running out of time – his knee won’t stay strong forever. He closed his eyes in the bowels of the Staples Center late Tuesday and hit the rewind button back to the uncertainty, the unnerving end in Dallas last spring. Something else still stays with him, still bothers him, and probably always will. ‘I couldn’t give Phil [Jackson] all of me, and I couldn’t give it to my teammates either,’ Bryant said. ‘But now, it’s like, ‘Let’s see. I’m here. I’m 100 percent. I want to see what’s what.’”

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  • broyfan

    yesss bryant now please tell brandon roy to go do this it would be crazy to have him back in the league!

  • pnoyvibe

    Thank god for that german doctor. Hopefully it would last him 5-7 more years.



  • Mike Mihalow

    Kobe with 1 knee is still better than half the NBA.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542782613 The White Steve Smith

    This is some steriods type ish. If jordan couldve went overseas for new knees he would have 10 rings.

  • bike

    Wonder what Kobe will do when he retires. Not a people person, can’t see coaching or broadcasting. He doesn’t seem to have a lot going on outside of playing. Will be interesting to see how long he tries to go on.

  • everything

    lets see those knees get past the thunder and the spurs or whoever comes out of their respective series. gotta give kobe his due.

  • Fat Lever

    “How am I going to play despite this knee? I couldn’t move. It was just so painful. There was nothing I could do. But then…..I CHOSE HOVER-ROUND!!!”

  • the don

    i heard that tracy mcgrady recommended him this german doctor… nice to see kobe doing work again

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    he’s brpadcasted before when injured. He’s really good at analysis.

  • AsadSaleh3

    T-Mac said he recommended the procedure in a SLAM magazine issue from a few months ago.


    Yes. The Lakers got swept because Loby had a very sore knee.
    cmon everybody : AAAAAAAAAGHHHHH !!! FUK DAT B.S. Lets see if that knee holds through the second round then.

  • JoeMaMa

    It’s been said in this thread, but….BRANDON ROY, ARE YOU LISTENING?? Roy should be on the next flight to Germany, and he should get multiple treatments.


    I had my doubts too about Kobe. But he proved me and alot of doubters wrong, thankfully.
    Keep it up Kobe.

  • zack

    he is the best

  • Yeahimthatguy

    Ive been a kobe hater since then. But seeing kobe play every game even when hes hurt. Im starting to become a fan. Yeah, the procedures nowadays are really good. Maybe jordan wouldve won more rings.

  • http://www.slamonline.com The riddler

    Going to the finals this year. Is lebron ready for the mamba?

  • John Wall Jr


  • Johnny

    Seriously, this is some steroid or similar type of treatment that he got.

    If its really just the simple procedure that he admitted to, he could have got it done in the US. There are a number of doctors, well known ones, doing the same procedure in the US.

    The question is, why did Tiger go to Canada for his treatments when US had doctors that invented the procedure. Similarly, why is kobe and all these other steroids related athletes going overseas?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542782613 The White Steve Smith

    If the league dosent ban this steriod knee procedure I guaranty you LeBron will have a 25 year career.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe, knee surgery was a life saver for his career. If you watch the series last year vs. Dallas dude was barely moving missing easy jumpers. Lakers had a chance in the first two games to win. So people writing the Lakers off this year, didn’t understand Kobe was REALLY HURT. Lakers had struggle with Hornets the series before. Kobe is back. BOOK IT!!

  • Jpain

    I’m a pain doc. I know that this procedure DOES NOT reverse arthritic knee changes. Platelet infusion is not like stem cell. Look at A-Rod. Hopefully he holds up with physical therapy and other anesthetic injections.

  • guahan

    Poorly worded title. Anybody know how much these athletes are spending on this procedure?

  • Dungeon Family

    Greg Oden would Injure his Knee during The Procedure

  • pnoyvibe

    Bone on bone must hurt like hell.

  • will

    can you idiots tell me how a ‘knee procedure’ would have prolonged MJ’s career? or even add “25 years to Lebron James’ career”?

    Are you guys actually retared?


    Sadly will the answer to your question about most Lobe Tyrant fans is. YES.

  • Justin G.

    Will, you seriously can’t sense sarcasm or exaggeration? Come on now

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    Kobe’s procedure could have technically been done in the States – there is nothing fishy about it. However, he chose to do it in Germany because the doctor (Wehling) SPECIALIZES in doing the procedure for athletes. Nadal and Tiger Woods have done similar procedures as well. As Kobe explained himself, “My understanding was that the guy who invented it … [Germany] is where he’s from and where his home base is. So I didn’t want to go someplace else where he had to move his equipment. If I am going to do it, I want to do it right and do it in the place where he is most comfortable doing it.”

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com Off The Backboard

    Its only being scrutinized because the FDA hasn’t completely approved it (since they don’t know enough about it to make a judgement); but that does not mean that they have banned it either. I don’t understand why people are up in arms about a procedure that does not give you an unfair strength advantage over others (a la steroids)…all this procedure does is help with arthritis on the knee (or wherever it is performed). It doesn’t “speed up” the healing process in any way, merely aids it using the patient’s own blood and a related serum. Its just a surgery – there are no drugs involved.

  • Dungeon Family

    3am in the morning and @AQWORD thinking about Kobe

    Just admit you a Fan and stop fronting because a real hater wouldn’t dedicate so much time to a person they “Hate” so much.

  • Molester

    Say what?