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Sunday, December 4, 2011
The Forum: Kobe Bryant's knee

By Andy Kamenetzky

Kobe Bryant's health is always a concern to Laker fans, whether you're talking his finger, ankle, back, neck, or penchant for catching the flu. There's also his knee, which he claims is now almost "bone-on-bone" due to deteriorated cartilage. This offseason, The Mamba traveled to Germany for platelet-rich plasma therapy, a relatively new procedure still garnering a divided medical community opinion.

The early returns have been positive, but how will the rigors of a compressed season, plus his pledge to practice regularly, affect Bryant's knee?

For specialized insight, we brought in Dr. Robert Klapper, chief of Orthopedics at Cedar Sinai Medical Group and co-host of The Weekend Warrior on 710 ESPN. He, in turn, brought props. Fun!!!