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Mike Brown, Kobe Bryant satisfied with guard's health

Rarely does any health-related news involving Kobe Bryant turn out positive.

That's what happens when he accumulates a fractured index finger, a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and heavier basketball mileage the past two seasons. But this off-season, Bryant had an innovative procedure on his right knee in Germany, undergoing a derivation of platelet-rich plasma therapy. And Lakers Coach Mike Brown said things have looked positive so far.

"I hadn't seen any ill effects from it," Brown said after Tuesday's practice. "He's been good."

Of course, that can be rather fleeting. For example, Bryant landed on his knee after driving to the basket during Saturday's practice. He was off the court for about two minutes before returning.

Bryant has rarely been forthcoming about his injuries, saying at the beginning of training camp that "You'll see," regarding his health. When he was asked what his off-season treatment entailed, Bryant retorted, "It doesn't matter. All you guys think I'm over the ... hill anyway."

At this point, however, Bryant considers himself healthy enough to participate in all practices. Regardless of his body's condition, he said he still plans to pace himself in general terms so that he's fully adjusted to a compacted 66-game schedule.

"You want to manage things the right way," Bryant said. "That's always important. You want to manage your time and manage your effectiveness on the floor instead of running around just to run around. You don't want to get to the point where you have an injury and all of a sudden you're hurt and you have to work backwards." 

— Mark Medina

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