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Kobe says his knee is “best it’s been in a long time”

Jul 29, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

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Maybe what Kobe Bryant’s knee needed was a little rest and some expensive, exotic therapy.

His knee had been an issue the last couple seasons — it’s almost bone on bone. It’s why Kobe had surgery on it last summer, and why he had to have it drained multiple times in previous years. It’s why Kobe sat out most Lakers practices last season. But three straight trips to the NBA finals with an Olympics thrown in is a lot of basketball and not a lot of rest the last few years.

This year the Lakers got unceremoniously bounced in the second round by the Mavericks. Lakers fans hated that, but apparently Kobe’s knees liked it.

That’s what he told Derek Fisher while the two were raking in an easy paycheck in the Philippines, according to the Orange County Register.

Derek Fisher said Friday about teammate and pal Kobe Bryant: “He’s telling me — and I saw for myself — that his knee is the best it’s been in a long time…”

Fisher said he didn’t really believe Bryant’s boasting initially, but seeing Bryant in action was convincing.

“I saw it a little bit in Manila,” Fisher said, smiling, “so I believe it now.”

Things that would help the Lakers bounce back next year include a healthier Kobe (with a new coach he can’t be sitting out practices). Another thing that would help is a new point guard, but we’ll talk to Fisher about that later.

  1. cosanostra71 - Jul 29, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    I sure hope so. The start of the summer just wasn’t the same with the Lakers not around, especially with how bad the Dodgers are now!

  2. seanb20124 - Jul 30, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Good luck in the Mia Hamm celebrity soccer game

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