Tag:Alex Rodriguez
Posted on: February 27, 2012 12:01 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 12:07 pm

A-Rod: Kobe considered retirement over knee

A-Rod says Kobe Bryant almost retired last summer. (Getty Images)
By Matt Moore 

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez told reporters on Saturday night that Kobe Bryant almost retired because of the pain in his right knee, until he had the experimental procedure performed in Germany done, which he advised A-Rod to also have. From the Los Angeles Times
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."
via A-Rod: Kobe Bryant considered retirement last season - latimes.com.

Can you imagine if Bryant had retired after last season? That his last moments on an NBA floor could have been the sweep from the Mavericks? Instead, the 33-year-old leads the league in scoring, and has scored over 30 points 13 times this season. The Lakers very much remain in position to contend for the West despite front-office turmoil and a disappointing perfromance from his supporting cast, and Bryant is a huge reason why. 

Bryant became the all-time leading scorer in All-Star Game history Sunday, and passed Shaquille O'Neal on the NBA regular season all-time scoring list earlier this year. In the past three years, he's played his way through torn ligaments in his finger and wrist, severe pain in his knee, twisted ankles, and a broken nose and concussion. The words you're looking for are "tough as nails." That we almost lost a giant in this game like that too early in his career is terrifying. Instead, Bryant looks prepared to light up the scoreboard for another half-decade or more, and has talked about wanting to play till he's 40.  

Let's be thankful we get a few more years of prime Bryant.
Posted on: December 30, 2011 2:59 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2011 3:02 pm

Kobe Bryant advised A-Rod on knee procedure

Posted by Ben Golliverkobe-bryant-knees

If walls could talk, imagine the stories they would tell.

Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant and New York Yankees All-Star third baseman Alex Rodriguez could surely spin yarns for hours, swapping stories of leading marquee franchises to world championships and dominating headlines -- and the tabloids -- for more than a decade while reaching the pinnacle of fame.

So it shouldn't be all that surprising that Rodriguez, 36, turned to Bryant, 33, for advice in pursuing a new age knee treatment.

The New York Times reports that Bryant said he was happy to tip off Rodriguez to the German doctor who performed the procedure on his knee during the lockout. 
“I gave him the phone number,” Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers star, said with a smile Thursday night.

Bryant gave his endorsement after having the treatment — known as Orthokine, which is similar to platelet-rich plasma treatment — on his troublesome right knee. He said his knee was now “95 percent” and “as close to 100 percent as it’s going to get.”

Rodriguez had the procedure on his right knee and left shoulder, but only after consulting Bryant, a longtime friend. “He reached out to me,” Bryant said. “We have a good relationship.”
Was it sound advice?

USA Today reports the Yankees believe Rodriguez looks good to go after he a subpar 2011 season.
General manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday that Rodriguez is "100 percent," with "no red flags" going into spring training. Rodriguez had surgery on his right knee last July and saw his power drop in the second half and postseason. He played in 99 games and hit 16 homers, struggling to produce at his usual prolific levels.
As for Bryant, he is averaging 27.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game through the first four games of the 2011-2012 season. All of those numbers are up from his 2010-2011 averages.
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