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Kobe suffers nasal fracture, mild concussion

Posted on: February 27, 2012 1:48 am
Edited on: February 27, 2012 7:53 am
By Matt Moore 

The Lakers announced Sunday that Kobe Bryant suffered a nasal fracture during the All-Star game after a foul from Dwyane Wade. The Lakers say that Bryant will be re-evaluated Monday by an ear, nose, and throat specialist and is expected to resume practice Tuesday, according to the Orange County Register

Update: Yahoo Sports reports that Bryant also sustained a "mild concussion" on the play. If so, Bryant will be subject to the NBA's new concussion policy, which requires league approval for him to return to the court.

Here's video of the play from Wade in the third quarter which resulted in the broken schnoz:  

Clearly a purposeful foul in an All-Star game, which isn't going to endear Wade to Lakers fans. Bryant stayed in the game and passed Michael Jordan for all-time leader in points scored in the All-Star Game. Wade also famously was involved in the injury to Rajon Rondo in last year's Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Celtics.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Bryant was suffering from headaches after the game, which lead to him missing media availability after the game.

Since: May 23, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:18 am

Kobe suffers nasal fracture, mild concussion

A nasal fracture? really. sorry that dwade wanted to actually play some defense and win the game, its a CONTACT sport, you know what that means? injuries happen.

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:14 am

Kobe suffers nasal fracture, mild concussion

Kobe got clipped on the nose, and it probably surprised him more than anything.  That foul was the first attempt by either team to play defense in the game.  Kobe probably thought he had an uncontested layup due to unwritten rule of no defense.  The West played defense on the last shot too.  The all- star game, being played mid- season, will continue to have little or no defense so injuries don't happen.  The press is playing this injury up too much.  As another poster noted, this would be a non- issue and even expected if this was in a game that counted.  Pure and simple, things happen.  Hopefully Wade was classy enough to apologize to Kobe, and all of the people involved are sitting back laughing at the hooplah this "basketball play" has caused.    &nbs

Since: Jun 25, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:12 am

Kobe suffers nasal fracture, mild concussion

The hard foul by Dwyane Wade would have been fine if it were a playoff game, or even a regular season game. But this was a comical exhibition game. There was no defense played for most of the game and there were numerous uncontested slam dunks allowed, including to Wade's teammate LeBron James. Wade's a smart enough veteran to know what's what in that type of game and for him to refuse Kobe the uncontested slam that had been afforded to dozens of others in the game was absurd. His hack probably caught Kobe so off guard that he did not put himself in a position to protect himself from a foul he would never have suspected was coming.

As for the game itself, it was horrible to watch for anyone that enjoys basketball as a sport and not as a video game. I'm sure the 14-24 year old demographic thought it was fun, but for those of us that enjoy the game for its teamwork and defense, it truly sucked. The fact that this game is being so strongly compared to the most recent Pro Bowl game says alot. The baseball All-Star Game is now the only such event that is worth watching, since it is the only All-Star Game that is played at a level that is close to what you get from the true sport itself.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:00 am

Kobe suffers nasal fracture, mild concussion

anyone named "DodgerDoc" shouldn't be throwing 'scoreboard' at ANYONE.  Well unless you think the scoreboard is from 1988 or sumpthin'.

Since: Jun 6, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:45 am

Kobe suffers nasal fracture, mild concussion

That foul in a normal game is a flagrant 1 foul.  Wonder if Stern will discipline Wade like he should.  He fouled a guy from behind by going at the head, breaking his nose and causing a concussion.  Also the way he fouled him could have caused further injuries to Kobe's knee/ankles by jumping on his back. It was a cheap shot and should be punished.  And for the record, I hate the Lakers and Kobe, but this foul was just cheap.

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:19 am

Kobe suffers nasal fracture, mild concussion

Purposeful foul?  The intent was to strip the ball, Kobe tried to pull the ball up, pushing Wade's hand into his own nose. If he got a mild concussion on that play than someone should hit him in the head with a basketball in the first game of playoff series so he has to sit out, cause he has a glass jaw.

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:18 am

Kobe suffers nasal fracture, mild concussion

Allabout... how many rings you got the last couple year that you've "owned the Lakers"? How many do they have? Oh right... shut the hell up before you embarrass yourself

Since: Dec 3, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:10 am

Kobe suffers nasal fracture, mild concussion

Let's be realistic, the Heat have owned the Lakers the last couple years even with Kobe in the game.  For all those calling this a dirty play, I assume most of you have never played a game of basketball in your life.  I've been fouled much worse and I've whined and b****ed like most of you are doing.  It's a game, you're going to have injuries, deal with it.

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:02 am

Kobe suffers nasal fracture, mild concussion

soxceltspats still miffed about the pats choking..lmao!!!!

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 7:10 am

Breaking: Kobe suffers nasal fracture

Maybe Wade was sending Kobe a little message for the playoffs.  Stuff like that is so out of place at the All Star Game that it is easier to get away with.  Everyone around the Heat have been saying they would do "anything" to win the title this year.  It's all good, though.  Kobe in a mask is probably still better than anyone else in the game right now.  

 I guess it lends a whole new spin on an old adage: "if you can't beat 'em, beat on 'em."  It works in hockey.

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