Kobe reveals he hasn't practiced all season, knee 'almost bone-on-bone'

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Kobe reveals he hasn't practiced all season, knee 'almost bone-on-bone'
 

 


This week has been a virtual love fest for Los Angeles Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant, as we've noted that he has entered the NBA's top 10 all-time in scoring and is tops in the NBA's current All-Star voting.

Bryant has been extremely durable during his NBA career, playing through pain so many times we often a.ssume he is indestructible. But in an interview with the New York Post, Bryant offers a bit of a jolt concerning his health, confirming that he has not practiced all season because of the condition of his surgically-repaired right knee.

“Because I have very little cartilage under my right knee cap, it’s almost bone on bone.”

Bryant has undergone three operations on that same knee, one this past offseason, after having it drained several times during last year’s playoffs.

If that phrase "bone on bone" sounds familiar, it's because another Western Conference All-Star, Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers, used the same phrase to describe the condition of his knees earlier this season, before the team announced that he was out "indefinitely."

Bone on bone isn't necessarily a death sentence, as many players have reportedly played on knees in that condition for a long period of time. But it does require extra monitoring, can be painful and could hasten a decline in athleticism. Bryant tells the Post the lack of practicing this year was part of a preemptive strategy to protect the condition of his knee after he had to have it drained during the playoffs last season.

“Until I got it drained the first time during the opening round against the Thunder I could not bend that knee at all,” he revealed. “It was swollen as hell and it hurt like hell. Luckily things got a lot better once I had the procedure.”

“So, in order to protect my knee and avoid a situation like last year, we decided before the season to sacrifice the team’s intensity by minimizing wear and tear as much as possible.”

So far, that extra attention seems to be working. Bryant's numbers have dropped this season, but just a touch, more in line with general aging than a falloff you might expect from someone with a troubled knee. The greater concern, obviously, is long-term for Bryant.



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129 comments for "Kobe reveals he hasn't practiced all season, knee 'almost bone-on-bone'"

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2 Pistolz 13 heat pts13
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TriniSoldier 69 heat pts69
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oh god. here we go again with this bulls**t
 7 years ago '09        #4
WasabiTuna 20 heat pts20
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why do they refuse to run the offense through pau, then?
 7 years ago '08        #5
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 ozWinston said:
oh god. here we go again with this bulls**t
what? injury talk followed by a championship?
 7 years ago '04        #6
KURUPTION!!! 541 heat pts541
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This n*gga Barry Bonds status and we gave him A-Rod money per year?
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KURUPTION!!! 541 heat pts541
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 2 Pistolz said:

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What will yours be when Boston beats the Heat in the ECF?
 7 years ago '08        #8
EMER1TUS 11 heat pts11
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Did I read an excuse anywhere in that article....nope

Looks like the plan was laid out pretty early to save him for the Spring.

Only thing I learned is he may only play 3 more years now whereas previously I thought he could get 3-5 more seasons.
 01-07-2011, 12:20 PM         #9
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damn the mamba really wants to be great, you'll have to amputate his leg to stop him, if he gets number 6 this year then it'll be official, kobe 1a and jordan 1b, haters get mad
 01-07-2011, 12:20 PM         #10
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 Dee Grande said:
what? injury talk followed by a championship?
:wtf: anyone peep this n*ggas sig????

Godamn n*gga
 7 years ago '07        #11
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 kuruption said:
This n*gga Barry Bonds status and we gave him A-Rod money per year?
damn...@30 million guaranteed for the '13-'14 season, no team option, no player option knowing he already had plenty of mileage on them knees.....
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 Hurricane24 said:
damn the mamba really wants to be great, you'll have to amputate his leg to stop him, if he gets number 6 this year then it'll be official, kobe 1a and jordan 1b, haters get mad
lol@this dude trying to ruffle some feathers
 7 years ago '04        #13
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 Joehook said:
:wtf: anyone peep this n*ggas sig????

Godamn n*gga
 7 years ago '07        #14
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excuses
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in the words of the great A.I. "practice? practice?" lol AI didnt need practice so tell Kobe STFU n stop making excuses, MAN UP
 7 years ago '09        #16
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sucks for him and roy. Once your knee gets f**ked up to that extent its never the same, ask OG Ronaldo
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 Hurricane24 said:
damn the mamba really wants to be great, you'll have to amputate his leg to stop him, if he gets number 6 this year then it'll be official, kobe 1a and jordan 1b, haters get mad

never knew we had so many comedians on BX
 7 years ago '04        #18
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f**king great...


@ idiots thinking he's making excuses. Man up? Dude has been playing with injuries for the last 3-4 years at least. He's missed 16 games in the last 5 years, and some of those are because of suspensions.


Have your family tree neutered.
 7 years ago '08        #19
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 Joehook said:
:wtf: anyone peep this n*ggas sig????

Godamn n*gga
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 sunn4511 said:
tell kobe it is too early to start making some excuses. save that in june when you become a three peat champion.
Is it really an excuse or is he englightening the public (BX included) regarding his current set backs?
 7 years ago '06        #20
Storchaveli 96 heat pts96
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 akademiks said:
f**king great...


@ idiots thinking he's making excuses. Man up? Dude has been playing with injuries for the last 3-4 years at least. He's missed 16 games in the last 5 years, and some of those are because of suspensions.



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