El Segundo, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant is in Germany to again undergo the platelet-rich plasma treatment known as Orthokine on his right knee.
Bryant underwent the same therapy in Germany twice in 2011 — once in the summer and once in the fall — to undergo platelet-rich plasma therapy on his left ankle and right knee.
The Lakers said it expects him back early next week.
Bryant, 35, did not consult with Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni prior to this departure, but the coach shrugged off the development.
“I think he had it programmed, and just the way it was, he knew he had time because he’s not getting on the court yet,” said D’Antoni.
The procedure involves removing blood from the affected area and spinning it in a centrifuge. Molecules that cause inflammatory responses are then removed to create a serum that is injected back into the affected area.
“It worked out well,” Lakers forward Pau Gasol said when asked about Bryant’s previous trip to Germany. “He said he was a new man with a brand-new knee.”
Bryant did some light jogging and set shooting prior to practice Wednesday.