Kobe Bryant posts picture of knee procedure

After spending the past week in Germany undergoing a procedure on his right knee, Kobe Bryant shared how it went by adopting age-old adage that a picture tells 1,000 words.

Bryant took to his Instagram account Monday night and posted a photo of himself underoing part of the Orthokine treatment. That procedure entails Bryant’s blood being drawn, spun in a centrifuge and then reinjected into the knee in hopes to reduce the inflammation.

A source familiar with the procedure described it as “routine” and doesn’t indicate any serious issues with his knee. The Lakers star had a similar procedure two years ago both on his right knee and left ankle.

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni expects Bryant to return sometime today to Los Angeles, though it’s unclear if he will travel with the team to its preseason game at 7 tonight against the Denver Nuggets at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

The Lakers also haven’t offered a timetable on Bryant’s return beyond the initial estimate in mid April that he’d sit out at least for six to nine months. That leaves the window for Bryant to return within mid-October to mid-January.


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