When NBA’s Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant played in last Sunday’s All-Star game, little did he know what he was in for. Now it is being reported that the basketball star not only received a broken nose, but he also has a concussion, according to NBA News.
The famed All-Star game is when the best NBA players of the year are matched against one another and are divided by conferences, the East vs. the West. Bryant, who played for the Western conference, suffered a nose fracture by a hard foul from the Miami Heat’s star guard Dwayne Wade.
Although Bryant’s nose became bloodied, he stayed in the game to see the Western conference win over the East 152-149. The baller did not, however, attend the media session after the game was over.
Bryant managed to surpass former NBA great Michael Jordan‘s All-Star game’s highest scoring record of 262 points on a dunk with 4:57 left in the third quarter. Bryant’s latest All-Star achievement landed him 27 points, which gives him a career score of 271.
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On Tuesday, Bryant reportedly went to see a neurologist and was diagnosed with a concussion. According to the concussion policy the league implemented this season, a player must be symptom-free for 24 hours and then is forced to complete a series of steps to confirm he is healthy enough for competition, such as working out on a stationary bike, jogging, agility work, and non-contact drills and then have his condition reassessed. If Bryant has no symptoms after each stage, he will have to confer with a neurologist in charge of the concussion program before he is allowed to get back into a game.
Concussion symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic, can last for days, weeks or longer and cause headaches, confusion, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and even slurred speech. Bryant has not addressed the press since the court incident with Wade. Since Sunday’s run-in, Wade offered an apology to Bryant, although the player and his eastern conference teammates continue to contend that the foul was not intended to harm. Wade said the following to NBA News:
“I don’t care what I’m portrayed as,” Wade said after Miami’s first practice following the league’s All-Star break. “It’s unfortunate, obviously. I don’t want to ever hurt anybody in this game, especially on a freak play like that. It’s unfortunate. I send my apologies. But it’s not intentional. If it’s something I did intentionally, it’d be a different story.”
Wade has made it publicly known that he sent Bryant an apologetic message and he went on to state:
“When I saw the blood in his nose, I was like, `Obviously, I wasn’t trying to do that, man,”‘ Wade said. “I don’t know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and do it. I don’t have to do that. … I send my apologies to Kobe and I move on from it.”
Meanwhile, Bryant’s team, the Los Angeles Lakers, are scheduled to play the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday evening, so as to whether or not the league’s leading scorer will show up is a complete guessing game.