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Kobe Bryant suffers nasal fracture, concussion, will see specialist

Feb 27, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

2012 NBA All-Star Game Getty Images

(Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports also reported Bryant suffered a mild concussion as well as the broken nose. Two-for-one. Ouch.)


The Lakers announced Sunday night that Kobe Bryant suffered a nasal fracture in the third quarter of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game after a hard foul from Dwyane Wade. Bryant held his nose several times after the play but finished the game, a 152-149 win for the West.

Here’s the play that resulted in the fracture: 

The Salt Lake Tribune reported after the game that Bryant was suffering from headaches, and Bryat missed media availability after passing Michael Jordan for all-time scoring leader in All-Star Games. The Orange County Register reports Bryant will return to practice Monday after seeing a specialist and will play next Sunday against Wade’s Heat so it doesn’t sound like this will keep Bryant out any significant time, which isn’t surprising considering everything he’s played through the last two years.

Tough… ahem, break, for Kobe. The play was definitely not an accident, a purposeful foul from Wade in an All-Star Game. So I’m sure Lakers fans will only feel more warm and fuzzies bout Wade after this. It’s unlikely Wade will suffer any punishment for the play, especially with Bryant not missing time.

  1. rodgersmvp - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    Hope D-Wade isn’t suspended – Lebron won’t have anyone to match outfits with : (

  2. 6164linc - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Bad Youtube Clip… Once again the Media tries to hide the ugly of DWade. Reggie Miller says, “DWade has yet to come over to see if Bryant is alright.”. Wade is a @#@ like the rest of the Heat.

  3. losangelasbasketball - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:29 AM

    Its okay cuz it was d wade. Wade is elite. Now, if we’re talking rajon rondo….then it aint alright.

  4. mikejd12 - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    It was a purpose full foul but it’s not like he was really trying to smack the guys nose. Get a life it was an accident! I’m sure wade has already said my bad

  5. andyreidisfat - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    I like wade and hate Kobe but even I gotta say the foul was wrong. And I won’t be shocked if d wade takes a hard foul next week

    • florida727 - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      300+ points in the game and he plays defense… ONCE? That’s the risk in these kinds of games. I’d have more respect for the players and their skill level if the final score was 95-92. At least make SOME effort to try and stop the other team. When you’re not expecting any defense, this is what happens. 300+ points. I put the over/under at 50 dunks. Watched all of about 5 minutes of the game. 5 minutes of my life I’ll never get back. When do the playoffs start?

  6. blueintown - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    I blame LeBron.

  7. tito20pr - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    it was D.howard who actually got him in the nose way to start something

  8. geo59 - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    In a regular game this would be a flagrant foul. In the All-Star game this foul is totally unacceptable and demonstrates Wade’s ignorance, disrespect for one of the greatest players in history, and disrespect for the game. Wade will never be on Kobe’s level. I hope the league suspends him for a game or two. And I hope that fans around the leagues will show their disapproval of Wade’s actions.

    • ibleedaquaorange - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:55 AM

      “Wade will never be on Kobe’s level.”

      You’re right, because Wade is one level higher in virtually every career average (Kobe: 25.4 (45.4%), 5.3, 4.7 … Wade: 25.3 (48.5%), 5.1, 6.3, along with more steals and twice as many blocks).

      Kobe obviously wins in “number of rings”, but I’d put money on Kobe having seen his last and Wade still having a couple in his future.

      • florida727 - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:40 PM

        Pretty funny post “ibleed…”. You reference “in virtually every career average”, then proceed to list TWO of THREE that Kobe has a higher average in, NOT including the MJC (More Jewelry Category). Like the MasterCard commercial… priceless. What an idiotic post.

      • ibleedaquaorange - Feb 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM


        If you didn’t notice, they are all but equal in career PPG and RPG; everything else is in Wade’s favor (as in, assists, steals (though also fractionally close like ppg/rpg), blocks, FG%). 4 out of 6 probably constitutes “virtually every career average”, guy.

        As far as the ring category goes, that is obviously unofficial, so why on earth would you count that as a “career average”? That was thrown in to appease the Kobe supporters and acknowledge his greatness.

        Lastly, just thought I’d also point out that Wade’s postseason averages are all higher than Kobe’s.

        (Hope you enjoyed my 2nd idiotic post!)

  9. baron30 - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    the NBA should def sit him for a game…its would have been a flagrant in any real game…it almost makes it worse that it was done during an All Star game. D-wade has a history of some dirty-esk plays…One that comes to mind is when he pull rondo to the ground after rondo stripped him of the ball which resulted in a dislocated his elbow…

  10. kevinramljak - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:34 AM

    If you would have watch the game and weren’t so retarded you should have figured out Dwyane Wade didn’t wan’t Kobe to pass MJ for all time scoring in an allstar game so easily. Even if it would be in a real game, LEARN TO TAKE A HIT, it’s part of the game.

  11. omniusprime - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Figures a sore loser like D Wade would play dirty against Kobe. Just because Kobe is tough enough to play through injuries doesn’t mean Wade shouldn’t be punished for his flagrant foul. Time for refs to clean up the game by calling flagrant fouls against any player who commits them. Hopefully Kobe will punish Wade and LeBoring this weekend.

  12. canehouse - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Wade made a mistake… he isn’t known for being dirty… just an unfortunate play. Certainly Wade wasn’t trying to injure Kobe.

    • drunkenjunk - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM

      you obviously didn’t watch the playoffs last year when wade dislocated rondo’s elbow on purpose.

      • canehouse - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        indeed i did watch it… and they were tied up and rondo was draped all over wade… wade threw him off and rondo landed awkardly… could have ended up the other way around.

  13. rcastagna - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    D-wade is no better than the rest of the Miami Whiners. Too bad this basketball and not football..I’d love to see a linebacker blind-side this punk a** b*tch once or twice just to teach him some manners.

    • canehouse - Feb 27, 2012 at 9:42 AM

      give it rest dude… You sound like a whiny PAB yourself.

      • ibleedaquaorange - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:03 AM

        Miami Whiners sounds just like Miami Heat; a clever play on words, I thought.

  14. dman70 - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Wade was a total TOOL commiting that foul…it was a love tap but his thought processes are flawed.The West let Baby Bron and Wade dance thru the lane at will then on the other end Wade brainfarts and decides he needs to wrap up Kobe and Bron knocks Durant down when he is airborn headed to the rim..both were as ridiculous as their entrance dance whenever they were announced as the Eastern conference starters..D Rose was the only one that showed any class when they walked in..oh well karma is unfolding already,now the heat won’t have homecourt advantage and will lose in 7 to the West…AWESOME!!!

  15. BrownsTown (the 1st one, not the new guy using my name) - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    To borrow from Oak, Wade is a fake tough guy. Carlton had better realize this isn’t tennis and someone from LAL might have something for him next week.

  16. rodge1 - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Waaaaa! The Heat are better than my team, waaaaaaaa!!!!….. Keep crying haters. And the moron who compared it to the Rondo play is the worst of the haters. Rondo was hanging all over Wade and Wade removed him. Anybody would do the same. If roles were reversed your opinion would be different. Your team sucks this year, get over it.

    • drunkenjunk - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      rondo was playin d, my team ain’t doin to bad this year considering all we’ve lost. We also beat the cheap artist, lechoke and Bosh(the only one i respect) in the finals last year. You a heat fan? Keep hating d-bag.

  17. limonadamas - Feb 27, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Too bad Stern and the league office (and by extension, the refs) will always promote and protect Wade no matter what… (e.g. 2006 Finals vs. Mavs)

    Guys who like to dish it out but can’t take it are the worst. That’s why everyone, even Laker fans, hated Bynum’s cheapshot to Barea last year.

  18. moshulu - Feb 27, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    “Kobe Bryant suffered a nasal fracture”

    LOL!! Couldn’t have happened to anyone more deserving!!!

  19. joeksnuffy - Feb 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    D Wade… what a dick. He just couldn’t handle Kobe showing him up by getting past him for a dunk. Had to break his nose – in an all-star game. A-hole!! Then, down the stretch, Wade and Lebron choke. You two might be a couple of the league’s best right now, but you’re still a couple of insecure little bitches.

  20. gv1221 - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    I don’t think Wade was trying to break rondos elbow because i dont think thats how you do that. I do think that rondo pushed him a little a wade pulled him down with him but that is it. Same thing with this play if wade was trying to break Kobe’s nose pretty sure he would just punch him instead of just trying to wrap his arms around Kobe. And comparing this to Bynums cheap shot is not fair since bynum straight up elbowed him for NO reason while barea was in midair. But whatever.

  21. frostymuggins - Feb 27, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    That was a Team Jordan hit… it was the GOATs record he was about to break.

  22. canehouse - Feb 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    drunkenjunk… your screen name is apparently appropriate for you if you think rondo was only playing D…. he was draped all over Wade. Wade tossed him off… as any other player would have done! You’re a Mavs fan…. certainly explains a lot. Congrats on last year… new season (as you saw on Christmas day)… hope we see you and your uber-whiny owner in the finals again!

    • drunkenjunk - Feb 28, 2012 at 2:30 AM

      canehouse… Rondo was playing D, Wade didn’t toss him off, he dragged him to the ground and screwed his elbow up in the process. Please tell me what being a Mavs fan explains? That I like a team that was driven to win a championship after years of hard work and won with one superstar instead of 3? Yes I realise its a new season just like everybody else. Our owner doesn’t have much to do with the way we play, if you want to call him “uber-whiny” then by all means go ahead. I don’t think we’ll make it to the finals again this year but if we do i’d be very confident in us beating a cheap shot artist like Wade, Lebron who shrinks in the clutch and Bosh. You should count you’re lucky stars that you have the deepest bench in all of basketball, too bad it won’t help when you choke away another finals. Have fun with the front runners.

  23. namriverrat69 - Feb 27, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    Wade was doing what he had to do to help Lebron try to win the MVP. How predictable James again played like Jane at the end and refused to take the last shot, choking up the ball and the game. Just another NBA choke by the once and future king. He’s more like the court jester.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 27, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      The King Lebron James is one of the most athletic basketball players of all time. He will help the USA dominate the Olympics, and might help the Heat win a championship. His high flying jams are unequaled in a league of high flyers. Those who take cheap shots are most likely jealous haters, and nothing more. If you cannot see how awesome Lebron is you don’t know shit about hoops. The only thing I agree with is the notion that Lebron cannot compare with guys like Jordan, Magic, and Bird, until he leads his team to multiple championships.

      • drunkenjunk - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        you’re right lebron is awesome to watch and is a physical talent that is unparalleled. Unfortunatly, you’re wrong about why people don’t like him. Bron has a tendency to act like an overgrown child. He has a problem when in big time situations he folds or defers to people that are no where near his skill level. He also shows no leadership qualities what so ever. He’s a follower plain and simple and he will always be Wade’s sidekick.

  24. cornbreadbbqred - Feb 28, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Hey, did you hear D-Wade is gonna be the new chick in Shalamar?

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