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Kobe Bryant to have knee treatment in Germany

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Kobe Bryant is traveling to Germany to have another round of platelet-rich plasma therapy on his right knee, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

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Kobe Bryant hasn't played since injuring his Achilles tendon on April 12. (USA Today)

For the first time since tearing his Achilles tendon in April, Bryant was seen on the Lakers' practice floor engaging in light jogging and shooting on Wednesday.

Bryant visited Germany to have the same procedure done on his arthritic right knee in the summer of 2011, and credited the innovative PRP procedure with rejuvenating his career.

Bryant, 35, has undergone several different procedures on his right knee since 2003.

The Lakers issued a statement on Thursday indicating that Bryant had left the country for an unspecified procedure and would be gone from training camp for several days.

Part of the thinking with pushing back the knee procedure until now, one source said, is the belief it will give him maximum benefit once he's able to return to play this season. It is still unclear how much longer he'll be rehabbing his Achilles before he's cleared to play for the Lakers this season.

Yahoo Sports NBA reporter Marc J. Spears contributed to this story.

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