UPDATE #2—Tuesday Feb. 28, 2012—5:48 p.m. PT—The Lakers issued an official update on Kobe Bryant’s injuries sustained at the NBA All-Star game. After seeing an ear, nose and throat specialist, he was referred to a neurologist. It was then confirmed that Bryant suffered a concussion in addition to a nasal fracture after being fouled from behind by Dwayne Wade as he defended what looked to be an easy hoop by Kobe. Bryant will be reevaluated on Wednesday is considered day-to-day for that night’s contest against the Timberwolves in Los Angeles.
UPDATE—Monday Feb. 27, 2012—4:05 p.m. PT——-Kobe Bryant was not diagnosed with a concussion after he suffered a broken nose in the All-Star game on Sunday. Originally reported as a “mild concussion” by one source to go along with another report of Bryant suffering from headaches after the game, the record is now clear…for now.
Kevin Ding, Lakers beat writer for the Orange County Register says, “The initial examination of Bryant late Sunday night in Orlando did not show any sign of a concussion despite the severe headache Bryant reported.” Ding and the Lakers concur that Kobe was not seeing a specialist on Monday as planned, but will be examined on Tuesday. Original story follows:
Kobe Bryant is said to have suffered a concussion, in addition to a broken nose after a hard foul by Dwayne Wade in the third quarter of the 2012 NBA All-Star game.
The foul came mid-way through the third period minutes before Kobe Bryant passed Michael Jordan for the most career points in the NBA All-Star games with 271. Along the way last night, he also exceeded the totals of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. Bryant scored 27 on Sunday night on 9-17 shooting.
Dwayne Wade had seen Bryant blow by him along the baseline in the low post and went to wrap-up Kobe from behind, breaking his nose as #24 went into the air to make the two handed slam.
Kobe was treated for the bloody nose that resulted from the hit and continued in the game but afterwards he experienced more than pain in his nose. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that Bryant suffered a “mild concussion” and CBS Sports noted that Bryant was suffering from headaches that were given as the reason he didn’t meet with media post-game.
The Lakers website reported early Monday on the injury. “Kobe was examined after the game. Results of a CT scan revealed that Bryant suffered a nasal fracture. It is expected that Bryant will be examined and re-evaluated by ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm on Monday when he returns to Los Angeles.”
The NBA rules on brain trauma injuries dictates that the league approve of a player’s return to the court after required medical clearance. Unlike Kobe’s independent decisions to remain in games when injured, this decision will be taken out of his hands.
As one would expect, Bryant expected to play in the Lakers first game after the All-Star break against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night at the Staples Center.
Dwayne Wade said after the game, “I obviously didn’t try to draw no blood, but I took a foul,” Wade said. “Kobe fouled me two times in a row, so he’s still got one up on me.” It is worth noting that Wade, LeBron and the Heat are in L.A. to play the Lakers next Sunday, March 4.