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Kobe not having experimental procedure on wrist after all

Jan 10, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

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Kobe Bryant can’t go to Germany right now, and Germany is not coming to Los Angeles.

Kobe wanted to but is not going to have the experimental procedure done on his wrist that he had done on his knee this summer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Of greatest importance, the German doctor whom Bryant trusts immensely, Peter Wehling, does not plan on coming to America to do his innovative “regenokine” or “orthokine” procedures that aim to reduce swelling, The Times has learned.

An overseas trip by Bryant looks out of the question because the only ample time for a German getaway is the All-Star break, and it’s a safe bet NBA Commissioner David Stern wants Bryant playing in Orlando that weekend instead of flying to Dusseldorf.

What does that mean? Kobe’s going to keep fighting through the pain, taking the needle before games and doing what he does. Which is scoring 27.8 points per game and dominating the Lakers offense — his percentage of possessions used when on the floor this season is far and away higher than anyone else in the league. He has taken 47 more shots than any other player in the Association this season.

The Lakers need to evolve to a spot where Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol get more touches because they are a mismatch for the opponent every night. But Kobe is still going to get his. And a few other people’s. Wrist pain or no.

  1. teehov843 - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    You think Kobe would give a damn about pleasing Stern when he jerked the Lakers in the CP3 trade that was obviously a better trade for New Orleans. I’m willing to bet Kobe will sit out the All-Star game and use his injured wrist as an excuse.

  2. mgscott - Jan 10, 2012 at 2:53 PM

    Watch out for those Cavaliers

  3. aboogy123456 - Jan 10, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    Sooo Kobe is NOT a mismatch? The lakers have three guys who are mismatches not just two. I think there’s been way too much negative focus on kobe this year and I don’t understand why. As a lakers fan i’m real excited that kobe looks a lot healthier than he has the past couple seasons. He was nonexistent in the mavs series because he had no lift last year, but his knee looks great and he’s really doing everything on the court well.

    The problem with him dominating the ball is that Mike brown needs to implement a real offense over there. I’m just worried that it’s becoming too much of what we saw in cleveland with lebron. So far Mike Brown has done a great job on D, but I still miss the passing teamwork offense they had last year in the triangle.

  4. thestudiokida - Jan 11, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    I’m thinking Kobe doesn’t need it…. 48 points tonight.

  5. mrheavychevy - Jan 11, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Well id let Kobe shoot more then gasol & Bynum any day lakers still needs to aim for Howard

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