Posts Tagged ‘knee’

Innovative Therapy For Bryant’s Knee

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Kobe Bryant has opted for an innovative assist to relive pain in his oft-injured right knee, per a report from the Mike Bersnahan and Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Bryant had the procedure done a month ago in Germany, according to the Times:

The treatment is a derivation of platelet-rich plasma therapy. PRP procedures are less invasive than many surgeries involving the knee and are viewed as either an emerging solution to knee problems or a financial gamble on unproven science.

Bryant, who turns 33 next month, has been bothered in recent seasons by an arthritic joint in his right knee. He has undergone three other knee procedures since 2003, including surgery last July to remove unspecified loose bodies.

He sat out an overwhelming majority of the Lakers’ practices this past season and saw his scoring, shooting percentage and minutes decrease in his 15th NBA season. He has three years and $83.5 million left on his contract with the Lakers.

A report by cited several other notable professional athletes as having undergone the same procedure, including Tiger Woods, New York Giants defensive tackle Chris Canty and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee. There was a much more descriptive definition of the procedure.

West Race Rests On Bynum’s Knee

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The sight of Andrew Bynum‘s giant body crumpling to the floor Tuesday night should have been enough to frighten Lakers fans while providing a glimmer of hope for fans of contenders everywhere else.

Even if it was just a momentary jolt, Bynum hyperextending his surgically repaired right knee in the second quarter while simply running down the floor, reminded the Lakers — and everyone around the league — just how fragile a team’s title hopes can be.

Bynum said he’s fine, telling my main man Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, “It’s not really that bad. It was painful right when it happened but it’s not that bad right now.”

The Lakers’ three-peat bid takes a serious blow if Bynum is hobbled in any way. He’ll have an MRI today to determine the extent of the damage, but Lakers coach Phil Jackson sounds like he’s already prepared to work without Bynum for at least a couple of games.

“He could be out a couple games,” Jackson said. “There could be a bone bruise involved when you hyperextend the knee. His reassurance was saying, ‘I’m going to be OK.’ I think that he might have an idea about it because he’s been through this before.”