kobe bryant concussion
kobe bryant concussion, Kobe Bryant and Dwayne Wade are two of the NBA’s top-scoring and top-earning players, and have shared in a bitter rivalry for the last few years. The competition between the two shooting guards has often produced memorable and entertaining basketball, but things got more personal on Sunday.
During the third quarter of the All-Star Game pitting East against West, Bryant went for layup and got hit in the nose by Wade, who was trying to defer the ball. After stopping his nosebleed, Bryant returned to throw 2 successful penalty shots and surpassed Michael Jordan as the career leading scorer in the All-Star Game. The West, for whom Bryant plays, won the game 152-149.
Dwayne Wade refused to apologize or see if Bryant was all right after fouling him, even after realizing his nose was bleeding. He did, however, have a few choice words following the game regarding Bryant’s record and the foul.
With Kevin Durant in the league, I don’t know how long that’s going to last.
Obviously I didn’t try to draw no blood…but I took a foul. Kobe had fouled me twice in a row before that, so he’s still got a one up on me.
The comments have since been downplayed by Wade and Miami Heat teammate Lebron James after Wade was criticized for malicious intent. Wade also claims to have apologized in person to Bryant.
Apologies, however, will do little to comfort Bryant, who is confirmed to have both a fractured nose and concussion as a result of the incident. The concussion was confirmed on Tuesday by neurologist Dr. Vern Williams, whom Bryant visited after experiencing further nasal symptoms. Williams will evaluate Bryant once more on Wednesday, and says that his statusis day to day.
According to new policies enacted near the beginning of the 2011-2012 season, players diagnosed with a concussion are required to undergo tests to ensure they are free of symptoms stemming from the concussion, and then pass several physical challenges to confirm that the player is healthy enought to return to play.
Kobe Bryant’s team, the Los Angeles Lakers, will host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. This will be the first game that Bryant has missed this season despite playing with a torn wrist ligament in his shooting arm for the first half. Despite his injuries, Bryant has managed to maintain a league-best 28.4 points per game.
The Lakers said the four-time all-star MVP was officially diagnosed with a concussion after team doctors examined him on Tuesday.
"Doctor (Vern) Williams's diagnosis after evaluating Bryant was that in addition to the nasal fracture, Bryant also suffered a concussion in Sunday's game," said Lakers spokesman John Black in a news release.
Bryant fractured his nose in the third quarter after taking a forearm in the head from Team East guard Wade. Bryant moved past Michael Jordan to become the leading all-star game scorer in history in Sunday's contest which was won by Bryant's Team West.
The Lakers said the 33-year-old Bryant was questionable for Wednesday's game against Minnesota.
The Lakers host Wade's Miami Heat on Sunday at Staples Center arena.
The Los Angeles Lakers say Bryant saw a neurologist on Tuesday and he diagnosed the concussion. The all-star guard will see Dr. Vern Williams again on Wednesday, and his status for that night's home game against Minnesota is day-to-day.
Bryant was first examined Tuesday by an ear, nose and throat specialist, who confirmed his broken nose and referred him to Williams.
Bryant was injured during Sunday night's game in Orlando, Fla. He was struck by Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, who said Tuesday that he has apologized to Bryant for breaking his nose.