Report: Kobe Leaves Country For Undisclosed Procedure

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — As if Los Angeles Lakers fans around the world weren’t nervous enough, now comes word, per The Los Angeles Times, that Kobe Bryant has left the country for an undisclosed medical procedure and will return in a few days.

In the absence of details, which at this time are sketchy at best, people will be left to their own imaginations to figure out what is going on. But the good news for Bryant and the Lakers is that whatever the procedure is, it has nothing to do with the Achilles injury he is recovering from.

For this news to drop a day after Bryant was on the court shooting at training camp makes you wonder what exactly is going on. Is it his knee again? Or the ankle? Did he head to Germany for another Orthokine procedure that he’s had done on both the knee and ankle in the past?

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni told The Times that the procedure is “no big deal,” and that since Bryant wasn’t close to seeing full action in camp that his absence doesn’t disrupt anything:

“He knew he had time because he’s not getting on the court yet,” D’Antoni said Thursday. “I don’t think it caught anybody by surprise. Instead of doing it in August, he’s doing it now. There’s no concern whatsoever.”

D’Antoni’s words will reassure some. But with the Derrick Rose injury saga from last season fresh on people’s minds, not to mention the news from earlier in the week about the second surgery Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook needed for the torn meniscus in his right knee (which will keep him out of action for 4-to-6 weeks), a little nervousness is warranted.

The Lakers don’t have any room for error this season. Getting Kobe back sooner rather than later, and Kobe playing like nothing ever happened, was surely the hope. Now comes this mysterious departure from training camp for what D’Antoni insisted was a “planned” procedure, will no doubt raise eyebrows around the league.

It should.

Injury news in recent years, particularly to some of the game’s biggest stars, has tended to come with some crushing results for those involved.

But until we get more details, all we can do is take D’Antoni at his word and assume that Kobe’s off for some routine maintenance on a 35-year-old body with tons of mileage on its engine.


  1. Wow... says:

    Damn it heat fans, stop bringing up Lebron into a Kobe article!

  2. Game Time says:

    It’s his yearly Rape-Around-The-World trip. 200 women in 20 days. Go Kobe.

  3. I really hope Kobe ( ) is OK. He has already played 17 full seasons and he is 35 years old. Hopefully he will come back healthy and lead the Lakers to the playoffs.

  4. celentano says:

    for all the kobehaters,le choke lovers,cheat bandwagoners around blogging stf-up!!!yall really knows sheise about b.ball for sure!!!because the fact “cheaters ” stole 2 titles with stern ref`s,doesn’t mean they realy won it! check this one; 70% of his lay ups&attacks are pure travells!!!sometimes he needs 7 steps to score but its all good for stern’s refs,they just swallows the wisthle!im calling lebron “the big f”(the biggest fake one)!that’s the only truth about leclown,end of story!

  5. sanjay says:

    this is a garbage year for kobe and he will turn up in uniform to collect his final 33 mil pay check! Next year he would be traded or amnestied at that time he and lakers can try to lure lebron to win a championship. That is all true if miami wont win this season.
    From the looksof the things wade is not ready to let that happen. He is pissed off he cant 20 at least 20 points in play offs and that will make it easy for heat to get to 3 peat. Beasley being young also holds the key. If he can get his right, heat would have found a young guy and a great offensive weapon. I do not know much about oden. But if oden come to play then it is all over for other contenders!

  6. kobe ballhog says:

    Kobe is nothing but a ballhog he will never be the greatest not even close to magic bird or even the other legends, so what if he average 30pts a game? a ballhog does that, one mvp for how many years hes been in the league? rings? comeon shaq is the alpha one in tose rings wake up.

  7. Banks says:

    learn basketball and dnt just watch it study it. kobe os one of the greatest players ever period, yeah hr rode shaq but shaq rode him a little too… you expect a 20 year old kobe bryant at the time to be a leader of a team over a 26 year old Shaq that has already been to a championship and you have to remember kobe average 21+pts, 29pts, 26pts and those three years in playoffs L.A. went back to back to back thats better than any second option I know, any second option bron got in Miami. hell thats better than most first options get in playoffs and season….kobe’s a grindhouse man stop hating on him check the stats man, check the playoff stats thats all that matters.

  8. DeezNutz says:

    We in a shutdwon but Kobe gets to leave the country?

  9. zulu says:

    As a Laker fan of from the days before Jack N. began sitting courtside. Absolutely nothing going on with the team in Buss, Jrs reign is surprising or shocking. Of course all that could change if by some circumstance this team just come out the blocks fast and finish like Usain Bolt.

  10. Sam Clark says:

    What I should say is he needs to retire he is getting old this is my tip to him cause is going to get injured alot

  11. Ry says:

    Another idiot sayin kobe rode shaq an sayin hes a ball hog an thin sayin lakers arent anything without him so if he rode shaq did shaq score all the points no its called a team an if he is the ball hog thin how they win let me see cause he put them on his back lets see lakers made playoffs this year an when he wasnt there Howard was an couldnt get a win so shows u he is the man Respect everyone until u meet him an hangout with him how can u judge him Let me guess ur idiot that Believes everything Media Says Lmao man people are so dumb fans with no brains

    • Kome the Black dumba says:

      punctuation dude. I understand you couldn’t write a thing with Kome tea bagging your face but hey not everyone like that ball hog rap/ist.
      Come back to reality, Kobe ride coat tail with shaq’s fame and skills and got lucky with some rings. He ran Lakers next francise player (twice!)out of town so Lakers are doomed for next decade. Yes, I can judge him because he rape someone. Simple as that.

  12. Ace83 says:

    maybe he’s getting a humility implant

  13. Secret says:

    Sex change? It’s time they had a male player on that Laker team

  14. NBAFanatico says:

    Probably for circumcision.

  15. i agree on what you’re saying and i understand that kobe must go as soon as possible and be back and continue the mission on being a me kobe bryant is the best player ever.i agree with you.

  16. jonski22 says:

    Kobe is set to get his body 100% before playing…which is good for Lakers…we don’t want to rush things…we will see the start of the season with it’s player are good enough to contend..with a (hopefully) healthy Gasol, Kaman, Nash, Blake, Wesley, Henry, Farmar, Young, Meeks…i think Gasol is the barometer..he will be surrounded by shooters, Young, Blake, Nash Meeks, and Farmar…slasher Nash, Wesley and Henry….the only problem is strength inside..beside Kaman and Gasol, the Lakers got nobody..maybe Henry?…i think it’s important how Gasol will play in order for Kobe to return…there is no sense returning if the Lakers playing bad basketball…the Lakers will probably need to get a quality player a superstar before he resumes playing…

    • og42 says:

      They also have Jordan Hill inside, I don’t think we can count him out yet. And hopefully Robert Sacre will provide at least some quality minutes if we need a bruiser inside.

    • tttt says:

      youre problem is defense. on offense I think the lakers will be okay.

  17. ba3z says:

    Who says Lebron James is a good player he had to leave his home team and team up with Wade to win a championship. Hey could stay in Cleveland and build a team around him like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan you know hall of famers

    • yolo says:

      Okey Its a big difference to play in Cleveland than in Los Angeles, freeagents doesnt want to play in cleveland, but pretty much everyone wants to play in LA. so to build a championship team in cleveland is not very easy. so if you compare the players that lebron had in cleveland with all those great LA teams you are way over your head. Lebron had garbage on his cleveland team. Mo Williams is the best player he ever played with there, that pretty much sums it up.

  18. herewogo says:

    gettin’ stuff legal in germany 😉

  19. okc2014 says:

    All these player injury articles are way too depressing. The awful thing about Kobe’s injury is that he’s the Lakers star player. They have absolutely no chance without him and what’s his name who left for higher heights…

  20. Karlo Garcia says:

    Kobe still got time for the start of the 2013-14 NBA season.

  21. I want this dude to retire, he’s a bad remodel shooting 30 shots a game and making a third of them.people treat him like he’s some god but no he’s not he had to ride shaq for 3 championships that he didn’t even win 1 finals MVP out of them. IMO just 2 finals mvps and 1 nba MVP is good but it’s not great certainly he is not on top with bird magic mj lebron who is only in his prime and much more.

    • NBAfan says:

      Lerbon had to ride Wade for 2 championships…and counting

      • richard says:

        Even Wade himself said hes the second option. Both championships won with the heat, Bron has won both regular season MVP and Finals MVP. Dont know how u say he’s riding Wade. Stop hating dude, and stick to facts

      • kek says:

        yeah wade really saved lebron in the playoffs. (not) get over your self idiot and watch with your eyes open.

      • LBJKIN6JAMES says:

        Other way around

    • Wow... says:

      First three rounds are more important than the Finals so im just going to post Kobe and Shaq’s stats during the 3 peat years.

      2000 Playoffs – First 3 Rounds
      Kobe – 22.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.4 APG, .464 FG%
      Shaq – 28.2 PPG, 15.0 RPG, 3.4 APG, .546 FG%

      2001 Playoffs – First 3 Rounds
      Kobe – 31.6 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 6.3 APG, .492 FG%
      Shaq – 29.3 PPG, 15.3 RPG, 2.5 APG, .547 FG%

      2002 Playoffs – First 3 Rounds
      Kobe – 26.6 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 4.4 APG, .418 FG%
      Shaq – 26.4 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 2.6 APG, .510 FG%

      So much for riding Shaq for the three championships. This Kobe riding Shaq for 3 championships is a bit overblown don’t you think?

      • asdf says:

        Def not more important. If you don’t win the championship series, you get no championship.

        But if you don’t win earlier series, you also get no championship. So maybe equally important, but often earlier series are vs worse teams.

      • Wow... says:

        asdf, you don’t get it do you? If you don’t win the other series, there won’t be an nba finals. smh

  22. xnbax says:

    agree , Roids to aid the healing and overseas so he can get it from a doctor without the report.

  23. Michael McBride says:

    In my opinion all the rest will be better for him. His tank is not empty yet so the more rest the better. When he comes back if he focuses on being a facilitator like he did at the end of last season when they crawled in playoffs and closes games, the lakers will surprise people. this is wes johnsons chance to break out like paul george did. granger was gone just like kobe is. george had hibbert, wes has gasol. seize the opportunity wes Seize it!

    • kek says:

      that facilitator thing was something he did in midseason, when lakers couldnt win a single game. It work for a small period of time. end of last season he pretty much did everything to win, he scored, dished and played defense, and to everyones suprise he even dunked on some guys:)

  24. Hoopzah says:

    Yeah, he’s off to Germany, for some Oktoberfest beer treatment! Expect a belly 😉
    Fun aside, whatever it is i hope it bring The Black Mamba for one true run against the basketball titans. Can’t wait for the season to begin wooooooooooooooooooh!

  25. lakersfan4life says:

    He is just going to get more treatment on his body, lets not panic.

  26. f211s says:

    blood spinning like he did on his knee…….

  27. OK – I will do the journalism work for you. Jeez!

    “Kobe Bryant will be heading to Germany the remaining of this week for platelet-rich plasma therapy.

    Treatment will be regarding right knee. Inflammation and injury prevention therapy.

    Kobe will return to Training Camp early next week.”

  28. jty7271 says:

    He strained his achilles during the shoot around.

  29. asdf says:

    Roids to aid the healing.

  30. Mr.Honesty says:

    Probably just to get away from his wife for a few days =]