With so much time off while recovering from his torn Achilles' tendon, Kobe Bryant opted to fly to Germany to get his knee treated -- to make sure it's sound when he finally returns to the court.
"I haven't had this much time off in a very, very long time," said Bryant on the Time Warner Cable SportsNet broadcast during the Lakers' preseason game against the Denver Nuggets in Ontario. "When I come back I want to make sure I'm 100%."
Bryant underwent Orthokine treatment on his right knee, a procedure designed to reduce inflammation.
"I do it every now and then but this year, this summer I haven't had the chance to run, so I don't know how the knee is going to hold up," he said. "Instead of taking the chance in the middle of the season, trying to take the trip to Germany, I figured I'd do it right now."
It's unclear when Bryant, who had surgery in April, will be ready to play.
"I feel good and obviously I feel I am ahead of schedule," said Bryant. "It's about getting that range of motion back, where I can run comfortably. The last stage is really the explosiveness and the muscle endurance, but that will come."