A-Rod Says Kobe Bryant Was Considering Retirement Before Procedure

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez told reporters Saturday that his friend Kobe Bryant had considered retirement last offseason before receiving a platelet-rich plasma procedure in Germany, according to the Los Angeles Times. The procedure, which he then suggested to Rodriguez, has quelled his previously overwhelming knee pain.

"[Bryant] was really adamant about how great the procedure was for him," Rodriguez told reporters when asked about the knee procedure that he underwent as a result of Bryant’s advice. “I know that he was hurting before, almost even thinking about retirement, that's how much pain he was under.”

Despite a lingering torn ligament in his right wrist, Bryant leads the league in scoring at 28.4 points per game.