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Kobe’s concussion symptoms linger, may keep him out Wednesday

Feb 28, 2012, 9:52 PM EDT

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Normally, Kobe Bryant will play through anything — broken finger, torn wrist ligaments, even a broken nose can force him into street clothes. But the league’s new, stricter concussion policy may force him to sit out Wednesday night when the Lakers kick off the second half of the season against Minnesota.

Kobe is still feeling the effect of a hard foul by Dwyane Wade in the All-Star Game — one that left him with a broken nose and mild concussion. Kobe saw a specialist on Tuesday. Here is the official statement from the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant went to see ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm on Tuesday after suffering a broken nose at Sunday’s All-Star game, and because Bryant is experiencing further symptoms, Dr. Rehm recommended an MRI and that Bryant see a neurologist.

Bryant, who did not practice with the team on Tuesday, is expected to see the neurologist and undergo the exam (Tuesday) afternoon; the Lakers will provide an update as soon as one becomes available.

During his All-Star weekend press conference, David Stern praised the league’s new concussion policy, which sets benchmarks for a player to return from one and likely will likely keep Bryant sidelined Wednesday. The neurologist must clear Kobe to play and do so in consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, a neurologist at the University of Michigan, who heads the NBA’s new program (as pointed out by LA Times Lakers writer Mike Bresnahan). Getting cleared means being symptom free for 24 hours and showing no signs of the injury after some supervised exercise. If Kobe is still showing symptoms Tuesday afternoon, it’s not likely he plays Wednesday night.

Stern said that he liked the policy because it set clear guidelines that took the team off the hook and would force players to sit and not to play through a concussion. It looks like Kobe will be one of the test cases this season.

The Lakers play Friday then have a big showdown with Wade and the Heat Sunday at Staples Center.

  1. keyshawn22 - Feb 28, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Wade is the man. I hope Dwyane sends him to the floor again on Sunday.

  2. readysethike - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    how could kobe be the first to test this, when kyrie irving sat out also because of concussion like symptoms, he also had to follow the same strict policy

    • aqzi - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:22 AM

      Maybe the article was edited but it now says, “It looks like Kobe will be one of the test cases this season.”

      It doesn’t say he would be the first to test the policy, just one of the test cases.

  3. crohrbaugh - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    I have really liked dwade for a long time, but I hope he gets knocked the hell out for that bush league crap.

    • pudgalvin - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM

      Agreed. No dog in this race, but that was total bush league by Wade. you just don’t do that in the all star game.

  4. edweird0 - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Damn I would hate to get punched by Wade. It didn’t even look that powerful of a foul to begin with so I would hate to have seen what it would have looked like if he had punched him lol

  5. mauimike50 - Feb 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Gee maybe wade will hit kobe sooo hard and shake one of those championship rings off his finger…thats the only way wades buddy will get one….

  6. eagles512 - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    I agree…I like Wade but that was stupid in an all star game.

  7. chargerdillon - Feb 28, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    As the biggest Kobe fanboy let me just start by saying Kobe is by no means the cleanest player in the game. Kobe through his years and given a lot more vicious shots than he’s taken some that were very suspension worthy that didn’t get called that way because he’s Kobe.

    The East was down by around 20 and getting flat out blown out and some guys who can’t handle that type of treatment will react. Wade didn’t foul him incredibly hard, he went over the top and caught a piece of Kobe. It is what it is. Anybody who wants to cheer Wade for accidently hurting Kobe is a douche to begin with, but anybody who wants to overreact and think that Kobe or somebody else needs to get Wade back is also in the wrong.

    Basketball is a physical game and Kobe and Wade are 2 of the most talented players to watch in this game. After that foul the entire complexion of the game changed. People got serious out there, and it made for a more entertaining game. If we’re going to watch an exhibition of the best, I expect to see them giving their best.

  8. losangelasbasketball - Feb 29, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    A concussion now? Thought it was a nose issue…. Is the concussion part fake just to give kobe a more legitamate excuse to miss work for his nose surgery?

    • sydneysachs - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      Yes, losangelasbasketball, because as we all know, Kobe’s always looking for excuses NOT to play. Geez, if you’re going to bother to post, at least attempt to write something that makes a little sense.

  9. lemfax - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Common guys. What happened in the court stays in the court. It’s a basketball game – NBA! It’s not high school basketball.

  10. lemfax - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    Common guys. What happened in the court stays in the court. It’s a basketball game – NBA! It’s not a high school basketball.

    • sellahh - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:06 AM

      Sure sounds like highschool grammar.

  11. southbeachtalent - Feb 29, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Kobe is soft.

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