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Kobe Bryant's doctor also treated pope

Updated: October 1, 2011, 10:20 AM ET
By Shaun Assael | ESPN The Magazine

Kobe Bryant's $3 million possible deal to play 10 games in Italy during the NBA lockout was aided by a former physician to Pope John Paul II who treated the Lakers star this summer with a pioneering blood treatment.

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 ...

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