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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 4:15 pm  |  28 responses

Kobe Bryant Leaves U.S. for Undisclosed Medical Procedure


The Los Angeles Lakers announced today that superstar guard Kobe Bryant has gone overseas to undergo a medical procedure. The details are scarce at the moment, if non-existent, but the team says the procedure has nothing to do with Bryant’s surgically-repaired Achilles tendon.

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  • pposse

    LOL “not related to Achilles”

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    @WojYahooNBA
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    Y! Sources: Lakers star Kobe Bryant is traveling to Germany for innovative procedure on his knee. http://yhoo.it/173UHQh

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if you ask me, it’s pretty sh*tty this is legal……i mean, it’s an unnessecary procedure used to enhance performance.
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    in other words, it’s a performance enhancing procedure, aka “PEP”
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    not any different then an appropriately used, “PED”

  • Meh

    Dude is 35, I’d rather see him at his best rather than hobbling around.. He looked good last season but it’s not like he’s dropping 50′s on the reg.

  • hashzz

    The league gave him the ok…and also kobe isn’t the only player who’s had this procedure…bynu, grant hill and a few others..so if it is “illegal” , why allow him to do it?

  • hashzz

    And PEDs doesn’t help heal an achilles faster

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    sure it doesn’t.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i don’t actually care. i’m just making a point because PED’s can/are used for largely the exact same reasons.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    me 2, just making a point.

  • hashzz

    It doesn’t, maybe you should read up on PEDs, because you and others sound like people who thought marijuana was comparable to crack

  • hashzz

    Peyton manning had 4 neck surguries, is he “using”? Ray lewis being healthy for the last superbowl, he is using I guess. Its becoming stupid that people don’t realize medical procedures have advanced. So if an older player comes back and plays well, we shouldn’t always draw the conclusion of them using PEDS, maybe their just good

  • robb

    It’s called orthokine smart guy and it has nothing to do with PEDs, the procedure’s effects are similar to the effects of an anti inflammatory drug, but it’s made of the patients own blood so it’s even more natural than cortisone or chemical drugs. I don’t see why it shouldn’t be legal.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Are there any risks?

  • Lloyd

    I heard he was just going to bathe in the Fountain of Youth though. Seems legit to me.

  • robb

    this is what I found:

    `In all cases, the area being treated is first anesthetized, although the injection can still be painful. The risk with PRP and Orthokine come from the injection itself, as any injection can be. These include bleeding, risk of infection and the risk of nerve damage, although the probability is low. To get the maximum benefit from the treatment, and help prevent re-injury, a specially-designed home-based rehabilitation and exercise program is incorporated. This helps newly developing connective tissue mature into healthy and strong tendon or ligament fibers.’

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    So yes there are risks. And no, it’s not necessary. So there is no real difference, it’s just about an arbitrary scale of risk
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    What is the difference again?

  • robb

    The procedure helped him a lot these last two years. Like the fragment I posted says the risks come from the injection itself, as any injection can be? Every procedure has risks, removing cartilage has risks, operations have risks, it’s part of the job, but this orthokine stuff has no more risks than a regular injection it seems.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Those procedures are necessary this is a very basic difference

  • robb

    For Kobe this one is necessary too. That’s why his knees have gotten better the past two years. Remember the 2011 season? his knees were almost bone on bone. The orthokine helps arthritic patients to rebuild cartilage, Kobe suffers from arthritic knees. The procedure is necessary.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    no unless it cures his arthritis (it doesn’t) it is not necessary. just like HGH is not necessary to help someone recover from an injury faster, but it sure as f*ck helps.
    this is a procedure to reverse the effects of aging. is it a performance enhancing procedure. justifying why it’s legal is not going to change the fact that it at its core is no different then someone taking a PED. which is the whole point

  • danpowers

    he is leaving to get fixed again? the usa really need obamacare

  • robb

    I don’t agree. PEDs and medical procedures that relieve the effects of a degenerative disease like arthritis are different things. Yes, it helps him perform as an athlete because that what he does, but not only athletes but common people go through those procedures. Using HGH and orthokine are not the same thing.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Nobody said they were the same. When used appropriately what’s the difference in risk? That’s what matters. Neither are necessary, just because it makes some better (aka an enhancement) doesn’t make it a need

  • robb

    Hormones are riskier because the damage can be more severe. From cancer to disorders of the endocrine system. And I think it makes it a need if you wanna play and you can’t. I mean If someone wants to walk and he can’t he’s gonna look for a treatment to help him walk, if Kobe wants to be able to move and run the floor because he’s a bb player, he’s gonna look for somebody to help him do that. No hormones no chemicals which are riskier.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Kobe doesn’t need this to be able to run. It’s not necessary. As I said in the original comment, I don’t actually want it to be illegal. It’s just a matter of perspective whether or not it should. The only difference between their use in “some” situations is based on degree of risk

  • spit hot fiyah

    made me think of gladwell and lance right away

  • Busta213

    Isnt this just a procedure to reduce the pain in his messed up knee? How is it worse/shadier/different from conventional methods other than that it is less traditional?

  • RyanDeahn

    He’s traveling into the rain forest to get a mamba blood tranfusion

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