Still, the human body is a complicated piece of machinery, and understanding what's going on inside Kobe's knee isn't as easy as looking up "knee" on Wikipedia. To sort out the short and long term implications of yesterday's news, click on this handy interview with Dr. Michael Kaplan, ESPN Medical Analyst, from Friday's Mason and Ireland Show in 710 ESPN. He's not Kobe's doctor, but breaks down the basic anatomy, talks about treatments, and what it means for Bryant down the road. Long term, it's fairly grim. "This is something that is chronic, and will bother him more in the future rather than less," he said. "This is not something you can beat. We don't have a way to fix, definitively, arthritis. And some point later in life, he's probably going to need some sort of replacement surgery."