Kobe Bryant didn't seem himself this season, possibly because the Los Angeles Lakers star has logged plenty of NBA playing time over his 15-year career and continues to age on the wrong side of 30. A byproduct of that, however, seems to be a lingering knee injury that continued to pop up during the NBA Playoffs.
Bryant has taken steps to remedy the latter issue this summer, heading to Germany last month to undergo a procedure called platelet-rich plasma therapy according to the Los Angeles Times. The procedure, commonly referred to as PRP, has also been used by Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy in the past.
"The interesting part is that it's not super complicated," Stanford Medical Center's Allan Mishra explained to the Times. "It's really only your own blood taken out of a vein and prepared right in front of you and then put back in an area of your condition. So the concept is to try and use within your own body to help heal yourself. This is an opportunity to really take advantage of the body's own natural ability."
According to the article, the treatment hasn't actually been proven to work due to the newness of its implementation. Considering how long the NBA lockout might last, however, its worth Bryant doing whatever he can to be ready to play at 100 percent next season.