Kobe Bryant may be the most competitive basketball player in the NBA. So it should come as no surprise the Lakers star is willing to do whatever it takes to maintain his edge. According to ESPN The Magazine, the same physician that once treated Pope John Paul II performed a treatment on Bryant’s knee in Dusseldorf, Germany. Dr. Peter Wehling, an influential orthopedist, claims to have a breakthrough procedure to repair ageing joints.
Bryant’s blood was reportedly treated to attack inflammation and then cultured with chemicals before being re-injected in his arthritic right knee.
Wehling, clearly not lacking in confidence, told the magazine, “I am the only one to have found a way to cure arthritis.”
While similar to blood doping, the procedure is not considered illegal according to NBA rules. The key difference seems to be that Kobe’s therapy was performed to treat an ailment, whereas blood doping is usually performed on athletes already at full strength.
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