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Kobe Bryant on his knee: 'almost bone on bone'

Posted on: January 7, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 2:16 pm
 
Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant describes the condition of his surgically repaired right knee. Posted by Ben Golliver. kobe-bryant

This week has been a virtual love fest for Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant, as we've noted that he has entered the NBA's top 10 all-time in scoring and is tops in the NBA's current All-Star voting.

Bryant has been extremely durable during his NBA career, playing through pain so many times we often assume he is indestructible. But in an interview with the New York Post, Bryant offers a bit of a jolt concerning his health, confirming that he has not practiced all season because of the condition of his surgically repaired right knee.
“Because I have very little cartilage under my right knee cap, it’s almost bone on bone.”
Bryant has undergone three operations on that same knee, one this past offseason, after having it drained several times during last year’s playoffs.
If that phrase "bone on bone" sounds familiar, it's because another Western Conference All-Star, Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers, used the same phrase to describe the condition of his knees earlier this season, before the team announced that he was out "indefinitely."

Bone on bone isn't necessarily a death sentence, as many players have reportedly played on knees in that condition for a long period of time. But it does require extra monitoring, can be painful and could hasten a decline in athleticism. Bryant tells the Post the lack of practicing this year was part of a preemptive strategy to protect the condition of his knee after he had to have it drained during the playoffs last season.
“Until I got it drained the first time during the opening round against the Thunder I could not bend that knee at all,” he revealed. “It was swollen as hell and it hurt like hell. Luckily things got a lot better once I had the procedure.”
“So, in order to protect my knee and avoid a situation like last year, we decided before the season to sacrifice the team’s intensity by minimizing wear and tear as much as possible.”
So far, that extra attention seems to be working. Bryant's numbers have dropped this season, but just a touch, more in line with general aging than a falloff you might expect from someone with a troubled knee. The greater concern, obviously, is long-term for Bryant.
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 8:25 pm
 

Kobe Bryant on his knee: 'almost bone on bone'

All of a sudden,the Celtics and Lakers are old and the Heat are in their prime.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Kobe Bryant on his knee: 'almost bone on bone'

Thank you Dr. Bryant....



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Kobe Bryant on his knee: 'almost bone on bone'

Love him or hate him, Kobe has been great for the game. He has been a warrior. Let's hope he keeps enough of his knee to allow him to enjoy life after basketball. He is rich, if his permanent health is going to be ruined it might be getting close to time to pack it in.

The new wave stars who are a few years younger than Kobe are taking over- time will not allow Kobe and Nash and others to hang in as elite players much longer.

This opens up some pretty interesting thoughts. Maybe the Lakers will become involved in the whole Chris Paul, Carmelo free agent scene. These guys are talking Knicks but who would not want to consider the Lakers?

This could get interesting, particularly if Kobe's left with only one leg to stand on!



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Kobe Bryant on his knee: 'almost bone on bone'

its a bitch to get old, but its even worse when a job has its drawbacks.  coal miners get black lung and very little pension.  basketball players get bad knees and millions of dollars.

sorry, kobe, but i dont feel sorry for you. 



Since: Jan 8, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2011 7:34 am
 

Kobe Bryant on his knee: 'almost bone on bone'

It has been very obvious his althetic ability has declined rapidly in the past two years.  However, he started this year in full stride, playing much better than I anticipated...especially after seeing him in last years playoffs.  His game is the closest to Jordans, and he needs to make sure his game ages well, like Jordans.  I hope he can finish out the season, eventhough they won't win a title.

RIP TuffJuice

S



Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2011 2:17 am
 

Kobe Bryant on his knee: 'almost bone on bone'

Wow! I'm surprised a Bostonian is predicting the Celts don't make it to the Eastern Conf Championship, oh well... the Heat would have beaten them anyway. And why is it that meat heads can only type in caps and massive run on sentences? Very tactful use of the comma though, I will give you that. 



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 1:45 am
 

Kobe Bryant on his knee: 'almost bone on bone'

INtoHI....man I can't stand the Lakers, came here to see if Kobe is going to be a cripple. It's something he's had for awhile. Ailments, they happen. But for you to try to bag on him like that, man get a grip.....on my c OCK! You need an attitude adjustment. I see a curb right over there --------------------> Go open your mouth over it and I'll be there shortly to help you out. Get at me dawg!!!



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 1:24 am
 

Kobe Bryant on his knee: 'almost bone on bone'

Players always make a bigger deal out of injuries than they really are so they can play the "hero" role.  There's no way Kobe plays the way he does if he has bones scraping together like this.  He's just an attention-grabbing diva whore.



Since: May 16, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2011 1:11 am
 

Kobe Bryant on his knee: 'almost bone on bone'

Boston , I  Like ur  Avatar   Chrissy Pronger    LMAO



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: January 8, 2011 1:09 am
 

Kobe Bryant on his knee: 'almost bone on bone'

BEG TO DIFFER SID , YOU ARE A IDIOT OR I GUESS YOU DIDN'T WATCH LEBRON IN THE PLAYOFFS THESE LAST TWO YEARS HE DISAPPEAR QUICKER THAN A MEXICAN AT A DEPORTATION HEARING AND GILBERT IS CORRECT IN SAYING THAT THE HEAT WON'T WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP BECAUSE MY GOOOD MAN YOU HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF MEETING GOD THAN SEEING MIAMI BEAT THE CELTICS THIS SPRING



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