LOS ANGELES -- Kobe Bryant is heading overseas to have a medical procedure unrelated to the torn Achilles tendon he sustained in April.
The Los Angeles Lakers said Thursday that Bryant is expected to return early next week.
He went to Germany twice in 2011 for a procedure on his sore right knee and a sore left ankle that bothered him at the time.
The Los Angeles Times on Thursday cited people with knowledge of the situation as saying that Bryant was going to Germany this time. He was having a knee procedure that involves removing blood from the affected area and spinning it in a centrifuge. Molecules that cause inflammatory responses are then removed to create a serum that is injected back into the affected area (see full story).
Blazers: Aldridge has hip injury
PORTLAND, Ore. -- All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge has a hip flexor strain and is day-to-day.
The 6-foot-11 Aldridge sustained the injury during Wednesday night's practice and did not participate in practice on Thursday. His return is uncertain.
The Blazers opened training camp on Tuesday in preparation for the coming season.
Aldridge, a seven-year NBA veteran who was named an All-Star for the second straight year, averaged 21.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game last season.
Heat: Spoelstra not changed by success
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas -- Erik Spoelstra dined in a Bahamian restaurant one night this week, and stopped to greet some people before walking out.
Along the way, about a dozen other diners asked to have their photo taken with the coach of the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat, and he happily obliged each request.
After all, it's not like anyone was throwing stuff at him.
This is how far Spoelstra has come. A couple years ago, he was dining outside and someone actually threw a broken piece of a sculpture at Spoelstra, missing him but hitting someone he was dining with. Two championships later, he's revered pretty much anywhere he goes.
He guards his privacy intently, though understands fame comes with the territory when winning (see full story).