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A-Rod says Kobe considered retirement due to knee pain

Feb 28, 2012, 1:25 AM EDT

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Kobe Bryant plays through everything — broken fingers, ligaments torn in his wrist, tweaked ankles, you name it. The man’s pain tolerance is legendary.

So when you read this comment from the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez, you realize just how much Kobe’s knee was bothering him. Here is A-Rod’s quote from the Los Angeles Times.

Yet, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez told reporters Saturday that Bryant told him the pain in his right knee and ankle felt so overwhelming that he considered retiring. That is, until an innovative procedure in Germany this off-season on both his right knee and left ankle fixed everything.

Bryant “was really adamant about how great the procedure was for him,” Rodriguez told reporters. “I know that he was hurting before, almost even thinking about retirement, that’s how much pain he was under. And then he said after he went to Germany he felt like a 27-year-old again. I was still a little apprehensive about it and he kept staying on me about it.”

Kobe has looked rejuvenated this season, with a bounce in his step that has not had for a few seasons. The problem is the lack of depth on the Lakers means he is playing five more minutes a game than he did last season. That is only going to wear that knee out faster. Mike Brown is stuck between resting Kobe — the only guy on the team who can create his own shot on the perimeter — and losing games. It’s why the Lakers will be active at the trade deadline.

  1. ningenito78 - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Stem cells. They are God’s gift. And I’m a republican. Open. That. Vault.

  2. losangelasbasketball - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Kobe has done everything he can to keep playing…. The buss family should see that and reward the guy with a good pg to help carry the defensive load

  3. ningenito78 - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:38 AM

    They will add Ramon Sessions by the deadline. And that will be one of the all time sneaky moves. He would fit the Lakers perfectly.

  4. ningenito78 - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Can u feel it LA? Sessionanity.

  5. skids003 - Feb 28, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    No way will his ego let him retire before he breaks the all time scoring record, and he shoots enough to do it. His right arm will fall off one day for all the shots he jacks up.

    • bozosforall - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      More likely that your right arm will fall off first…with all the times that you jack off, loser.

  6. therealhtj - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    No way he was ever going to walk away from the 85 mil guaranteed he had left on his contract.

    • AlohaMrHand - Feb 28, 2012 at 4:50 PM

      He can’t,gotta pay Vanessa

  7. carolinakid - Feb 28, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    Anyone have a link for the procedure ?

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