(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant is doing everything he can to get back to the basketball court.
According to sources, Bryant is in Germany and will undergo the platelet-rich plasma treatment known as Orthokine on his right knee.
The Lakers announced Thursday that Bryant left the country Wednesday night to undergo an undisclosed medical procedure not related to the torn Achilles he suffered in April. The team expects him back early next week.
“I don’t think it’s a surprise,” Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said Thursday of Bryant’s procedure. “I think he had it programmed, and just the way it was, he knew he had time because he’s not getting on the court yet. So I don’t think it’s a big deal, and I don’t think it caught him by surprise.”
The Lakers have yet to provide a timetable for the 35-year-old Bryant’s return.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire