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Heilige 02-26-2012 03:25 PM

A-Rod: Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season (Article)
 
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The lasting image behind the Lakers' four-game sweep to the Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals hardly jibed with Kobe Bryant's legacy.

He missed a game-winning shot in Game 1. Bryant's surgically repaired right knee and sprained left ankle limited his on-court explosiveness. His 23.25 points on 45.7% shooting showed he couldn't overcome double teams and fatigue. It would've hardly been the best way to end a storied career. Just ask Phil Jackson.

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."
It remains to be seen to what degree, upon Bryant's advice, consulting Dr. Peter Wehling at the Center for Orthopaedics and Molecular Medicine in Dusseldorf will help Rodriguez. There he received orthokine treatments on his right knee and left shoulder as well as five injections on consecutive days. But for Bryant, the contrasting results between the 2009-10 campaign and the first 33 games of the 2010-2011 season provide all the answers.

Last season, Bryant's 25.3 points per game marked his lowest statistical output since the 2003-04 campaign. He played 33.9 minutes per game so he could preserve his energy for the playoffs. Bryant sat out of most practices. Although he downplayed them, Bryant's on-court movement indicated he wanted to minimize further pain to his surgically repaired right knee and sprained left ankle.

This season, Bryant leads the league in scoring (28.4 ppg). He logs 38 minutes per game. Bryant plays in most practices. He hardly shows a torn ligament in his right wrist bothers him.

Bryant's procedure involved receiving platelet-rich plasma injections. Doctors removed blood from the affected area and spun it in a centrifuge. The interleukin antagonists were then removed to create a serum to inject back into the targeted area.

"I gave him the phone number," Bryant said in December regarding his conversations with Rodriguez. "I just told him it made a huge difference for me."

So much of a difference, Bryant hardly thinks about retirement.

http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakers...procedure.html


I think Bryant is going to retire sooner than people realize...

creepingdeath 02-26-2012 03:28 PM

Re: A-Rod: Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season (Article)
 
German engineering. :pimp:

Bob Cousy 02-26-2012 03:31 PM

Re: A-Rod: Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season (Article)
 
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Originally Posted by creepingdeath
German engineering. :pimp:

well they fixed him ... excpet now he's back to playing like the 2005 version of Kobe minus athleticism...

Heilige 02-26-2012 03:37 PM

Re: A-Rod: Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season (Article)
 
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Originally Posted by creepingdeath
German engineering. :pimp:



How much longer do think he will play before he retires?

bond10 02-26-2012 03:58 PM

Re: A-Rod: Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season (Article)
 
I hope Kobe never retires. Him and D Rose are the only players with that alpha male win or go home attitude. Rest of this league is a bunch of divas (Heat) or circus folks trying to put on a show (Wizards).

Kiddlovesnets 02-26-2012 06:02 PM

Re: A-Rod: Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season (Article)
 
Well he is not going to retire at this moment, but it can happen at anytime starting from 2014.

guy 02-26-2012 07:22 PM

Re: A-Rod: Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season (Article)
 
I highly doubt he would've retired. He'll retire once he can't put up 20 ppg anymore or he starts getting injured so much he starts missing half a season regularly i.e. Shaq the last few years of his career.

Basketball Fan 02-26-2012 08:56 PM

Re: A-Rod: Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season (Article)
 
What makes you think that this wasn't a convincing sales pitch by Kobe

"Near retirement but thanks to this procedure I've extended my career"


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