The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that star Kobe Bryant left the country Wednesday night to have an undisclosed medical procedure.
It is not related to his torn left Achilles tendon from which he is still recovering. He is expected to be back with the team early next week.
Bryant sustained the injury in April. There is no timetable on when he could return to the court. He believed during the summer that he would be back in time for the start of the season. However, that is in doubt.