Los Angeles Lakers: knee injury

The Forum: Is Brandon Roy an option?

June, 19, 2012
By The Kamenetzky brothers
With Brandon Roy looking to make a comeback, we've naturally been hit with questions on the blog, Twitter and weekly chat about whether the Lakers should take a flier on the former All-Star. Along with Arash Markazi, we break down the pluses and minuses.

Kobe's knee therapy even space-agier than originally thought

October, 1, 2011
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
Interesting stuff from ESPN The Magazine's Shawn Asseal, regarding the knee procedure Kobe Bryant underwent in Germany. Though it was widely described as PRP treatment -- the effectiveness of which is questioned, at least in some medical circles -- apparently Kobe, as he often does, went a step beyond:
"... Bryant traveled to Dusseldorf, Germany, in June for treatment, as previously reported. ESPN The Magazine has learned that he was treated by Dr. Peter Wehling, an influential but little-known molecular orthopedist who insists he's having breakthrough success repairing aging joints by manipulating his patients' blood.

According to a source familiar with Bryant's treatment, his blood was treated to isolate growth factors that attack inflammation, and then cultured with chemicals to increase their potency before being injected into his arthritic right knee. Wehling declined to confirm or deny that he treated Bryant. But in a rare interview about his work, he told ESPN The Magazine, "I am the only one to have found a way to cure arthritis..."

... Although Wehling's procedure shares some similarity to traditional platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy, the physician says he's achieved a nearly 90 percent success rate by genetically screening his patients to personalize their treatments."

Asseal reports Bryant was introduced to Wehling through Tracy McGrady, and for anyone concerned about the doc's bona fides, Wehling also at one point treated Pope John Paul II. I suspect they don't just hand popes over to whatever doctor pops up in the yellow pages.

Dr. Wehling's basic concept is described on the website for a company he co-founded called Orthogen. The truly ambitious can take a look at this page, pointing toward scientific publications regarding Wehling's work.

And now, because it better fits my level of medical expertise, I'm going back to playing this.

2010-11 Lakers report cards: Matt Barnes

May, 15, 2011
Kamenetzky By Andy Kamenetzky
We continue our series of Lakers' report cards. Next up, the reserve forwards of note (which means no report cards for the sparingly used Derrick Caracter, Devin Ebanks, Joe Smith and Luke Walton).

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Before getting injured, Barnes was always in the middle of the action.

Matt Barnes was, for me, a prototypical case of expectations turned on their head. Before this season, memories that stood out included Barnes operating like a lunatic during the Golden State Warriors' upset of the No. 1 seed Dallas Mavericks in 2007. Or his ball fake at Kobe Bryant's face last season -- a hilarious, ridiculous bit of bravado. Or this "screen" set on Rafer Alston. Factor in how a player of his caliber had been unable to stick anywhere, and my perception of Barnes the person wasn't too favorable.

As it turns out, that was just Barnes' fire on the court. Away from the hardwood, the guy is almost jarringly soft spoken.

Similarly, I never realized the scope of Barnes' skill set until watching him on a regular basis. From the outset, I thought his ability to move without the ball and hit the offensive glass would fit well into the Lakers' system. But perhaps because he's always been labeled an "energy player," I figured his contributions would be more "hustle" oriented than anything tangible. Barnes revealed far more ability as a ball handler and play-maker than I ever would have guessed.

With all that in mind, it's only fitting he'd end up the biggest surprise of the season.

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Kobe Bryant on his knee: "I'm Bruce Willis, I'm fine."

December, 23, 2009
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
I can only assume he's referencing "Die Hard," "Pulp Fiction," or even the underrated "Fifth Element" Bruce Willis, not "Bonfire of the Vanities," Seagram's Wine Cooler commercial Bruce Willis. The latter two? Not so tough.

Either way, though, a) Kobe Bryant says he's fine after tweaking his left knee in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's 111-108 win over the Thunder at Staples, and b) it's always interesting to hear him shoot down any conversation at all about health problems. Nobody stays on point about physical issues better than Kobe. There will be no complaining, end of story.

More news below the jump...

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Kobe Bryant
26.7 4.2 1.3 35.7
ReboundsJ. Hill 10.0
AssistsJ. Lin 4.9
StealsR. Price 1.3
BlocksE. Davis 1.4