Bryant Calls Knee “95 Percent Better”

There’s been more than a little bit of chatter about Kobe Bryant’s right knee early this season, particularly because he has looked legitimately more explosive and healthy than in recent years in L.A.’s first three games.

Lakers head athletic trainer Gary Vitti explained to us back on Dec. 5 that Bryant was in constant communication with the team’s training staff before he went to Germany for an innovative treatment that he has since recommended to Yankees shortstop Alex Rodriguez.

Bryant called his knee “95 percent better,” adding that it’s “as close to 100 percent” as it’s going to get.

In the three games, Bryant has averaged 27.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting, and has made more forays into the paint than he was able to last season, upping his free throw attempt average by more than one per game to 8.3.