Lakers News: Latest on Kobe Bryant’s Ailing Knee, Wesley Johnson’s Foot and More

The Los Angeles Lakers will begin the 2013-14 NBA season with minimal expectations from those on the outside looking in. After all, Dwight Howard departed for Houston and Kobe Bryant ruptured his Achilles tendon just six months ago. 

Plus, the Lakers' core isn't getting any younger.

But with an entire offseason to digest, recover and add some new faces to the mix, the Lakers' organization no doubt has high hopes for the new season.

Below, we'll take a look at the latest news and notes surrounding the team. 


Kobe Bryant Undergoes Another Knee Procedure 

Recovery from a torn Achilles is what is holding Kobe Bryant back to start the 2013 NBA preseason, but the veteran figures he might as well have some work done on his aching knee while he's out. 

According to USA Today's Sean Highkin, Bryant is in Germany receiving treatment on his right knee. Highkin points out that Kobe must fly to Germany for the procedure because it's not yet been approved by the FDA and consequently can't be done in America.

Here's a look at Bryant receiving the Orthokine treatment in Europe, per his official Instagram account:

It's still unclear as to when the Black Mamba will be ready to play for the Lakers this season. L.A. will open up the regular season against the crosstown rival Clippers on Oct. 29.


Wesley Johnson Listed as Day to Day with Bum Foot

Kobe Bryant isn't the only Laker itching to get back on the court this October. According to's Dave McMenamin, recently acquired forward Wesley Johnson has suffered a strained tendon in his left foot.

An MRI confirmed the extent of Johnson's injury on Monday. He suffered the strain late in Sunday's preseason loss to the Denver Nuggets.

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