- Associated Press - Thursday, December 29, 2011

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Kobe Bryant confirms he recently directed Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez to an experimental treatment on his right knee in Germany.

Bryant credits the therapy with dramatic improvement in his own troublesome knee and an injured ankle in recent months.

Bryant gave Rodriguez the phone number of the German doctor who developed the treatment, the Lakers guard said Thursday night before Los Angeles hosted the New York Knicks.

Bryant had the treatment during the offseason, getting injections of plasma-rich platelets. Bryant says his knee is now 95 percent healthy after at least three surgeries in the last eight years.

Bryant is still playing with a torn ligament in his right wrist, wearing a brace on the joint whenever he isn’t on court.

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