Kobe Bryant went to Germany for an innovative knee procedure, people with knowledge of the situation told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday.
He should return in a few days, and the procedure was not related to the torn Achilles tendon he sustained last April.
Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni declined to provide much insight, other than to say the procedure was planned and not a "big deal. He knew he had time because he's not getting on the court yet."
The procedure, called "Orthokine," targets proteins or molecules that cause inflammatory responses. In 2011, Bryant went to Germany twice for a procedure on his chronically sore right knee and a sore left ankle.
Bryant, who's recovering from his Achilles surgery, shot on the court Wednesday but had not been cleared for running. The Lakers have been reluctant to provide a timetable on Bryant's return, but the knee procedure doesn't impact his recovery time.
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