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Lakers' Bynum plans to have Orthokine therapy

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Even though Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum remained healthy this past season, he said on Wednesday he plans to go to Germany in September to undergo Orthokine therapy, which is the procedure Kobe Bryant had last offseason.

"He just told me it helped him out," Bynum told reporters.

Bynum, who made his comments after his exit interview with general manager Mitch Kupchak and coach Mike Brown, said he might have the treatment on both of his knees. That will depend on the results of an MRI to be performed soon.

"Nothing feels wrong," Bynum said. "It's supposed to regenerate tissue and stuff like that, so I want to check that out."

The procedure performed by Dr. Peter Wehling involves taking the patient's own blood, spinning it in a centrifuge and then injecting it into the knee.

Bynum, 24, averaged career highs of 18.7 points and 11.8 rebounds along with 1.9 blocks per game this season, when he was named to the All-Star team for the first time.

Bynum reiterated that he wants to stay with the Lakers.

"I take every day that I'm in L.A. as a good one," Bynum said. "I don't want to go anywhere and hopefully if I keep elevating my play, I won't have to."

The Lakers must decide by June 30 whether to exercise the team's $16.1 million option on Bynum for next season. They are expected to do so.

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