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Kobe, Bynum headed back to Germany for knee procedure

Jun 7, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers Andrew Bynum celebrates with Kobe Bryant after making the game-winning shot against the Boston Celtics during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Reuters

Last summer, Kobe Bryant made a trip to Germany to have an experimental procedure on his knee. Then he showed up this season jumping out of the building again and everybody wanted one. Even Alex Rodriguez got the knee procedure.

This summer Kobe and Lakers center Andrew Bynum are going to the land of beer and schnitzel for another round of the procedure, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti told Lakers reporter Mike Trudell.

Gary Vitti also tells us that Kobe will go back to see Dr. Peter Wehling in Germany for Orthokine/Regenokine treatment.

Vitti on Bynum: “I’ve already spoken to the Dr. in Germany regarding Andrew going through the same procedure as Kobe did.”

Kobe will already be in Europe as part of Team USA, and Bynum goes to Germany every summer anyway.

It’s good news for the Lakers, although far from a cure all. The question is will the Lakers get the benefit of the procedure or some other team after the trade.

  1. skinzfan21 - Jun 7, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    How about Kobe just getting a procedure done right here in the U.S. that can help him pass the damn ball more!!

  2. BigBeachBall - Jun 7, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    100 bucks says the german surgery requires the flesh of 25 unborn babies to successfully complete. You all know that’s the reason…. discussion over.

  3. badintent - Jun 8, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Beach beach balls are inflated with hot air.. everyone knows Dat ! This procedure does not use E-cords, if you had bother to read the link to the original story, it uses the person’s OWN blood. This is not about Joseph Mengale or the Vatican’s stand on stem cell research. . Hope you go into the waves, and meet some Fukishima sharp metal object. Comprede ?

  4. rushbacker - Jun 8, 2012 at 5:20 AM

    If this is truly “experimental,” then by definition it hasn’t been done enough to have significant studies on the long-term effects. The various linked articles refer to it as a treatment and a procedure, and describe it specifically as an injection of the subject’s own blood into the area– so it apparently is not a surgical procedure at all, or at best is a pretty minor one. It isn’t referred to as surgery, but it does say the procedure is less invasive than some. So recovery may not be such a big concern.

    What I do wonder about is this; the earlier article says the treatment was performed on his right knee, but this new article doesn’t mention which knee will be treated. Is it a repair of further damage done during the season? Just another in a series of regenerative treatments? A repair to the left knee? Or do the effects of the procedure fade, requiring further treatments? And if so, do the effects lessen over time? All interesting questions for the organization and fans, but probably a whole lot more interesting if they decide to keep Bynum long term. The fact that it apparently helped Kobe should be encouraging– the fact that Bynum’s already flying to other countries for experimental knee procedures at his age, not so much.

    Kobe will pretty much be Kobe as long as he’s willing to play, I’m convinced of that. He’ll always take too many shots, and too many bad shots– and find a way to make enough of them to beat most teams that don’t have superior overall talent. Bynum is a much bigger concern. If this procedure doesn’t help long term, what do they go to the next time he hurts one of his knees– voodoo and chicken blood? If he gets a five or six year max deal (sorry, haven’t read the CBA) and one of his knees goes in the first couple years, that’s a massive financial anchor. I wonder if his inconsistent performance in this year’s playoffs won’t prove to be just the blatant excuse they need to foist those knees off on some unwary sucker franchise this off-season– especially if their condition can be at least temporarily improved by this procedure. If Kobe is going back for more treatment on the same knee, it’s caveat emptor in regards to Bynum. It’ll be a freakin’ travesty if they rook the Magic out of a healthy Dwight Howard in his prime, in exchange for a sulky Bynum who’s about to break down permanently.

  5. omniusprime - Jun 8, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Good to see Kobe and Bynum getting their knees ready for next season. Now it’s time for Kucpake to make some decent trades this offseason unlike last year. Time to off McRoberts and Murphy to find much better reserve forwards.

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