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Kobe symptom free from concussion, may play Wednesday

Feb 29, 2012, 3:01 PM EST

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Kobe Bryant did not take part in the Lakers shootaround on Wednesday before facing the Timberwolves on Wednesday night because he is still going through the steps to be cleared to play in that game.

Steps he is close to clearing — the team says he has been symptom free since Tuesday afternoon and he may be given the green light to play Wednesday night. If he does, he’ll play in a mask to protect his broken nose, according to the Lakers.

The injury — a nose and concussion — came on a hard foul from Dwyane Wade in Sunday’s All-Star Game. Wade said has since apologized to Kobe, saying there was no intent to injure.

Kobe can play through the broken nose, but the concussion diagnosis changed the game and took matters out of the Lakers’ hands. The league’s new concussion policy this year says Kobe (or any player with a concussion) has to be symptom free for 24 hours before the game, pass a computer reaction test (measured against a baseline he took before the season) as well as some physical tests where the symptoms cannot return.

Here are the tweets from the Lakers.com official reporter Mike Trudell:

Kobe is “doing great” says LAL spokesman John Black. He’s been symptom free since last afternoon…. Kobe has passed all of the tests mandated thus far (neurological, bicycle, Axon and treadmill)…. Bottom line is that if Kobe passes the 2-on-2 hoops test now, & another w/neurologist pregame, he may well be able to play.

This will almost be a game time decision, but not one made by the Lakers and Kobe, rather one made by the league’s neurologist.

  1. palakerfan - Feb 29, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I sure hope Kobe plays. Who else is going to shoot 7 for 22 while ignoring Bynum and Gasol?

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:30 PM

      you forgot those post game interviews calling out his front office and/or teammates..

    • palakerfan - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      BTW: Couldn’t be happier that Kobe shot decent last night and played a great all-around game. I may not always like his shot selection, but that dude is one of the toughest SOBs to ever play the game. Even his haters can’t dispute that.

      • southbeachtalent - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        I agree the guy is a beast.

  2. butterednuts86 - Feb 29, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Yea and who else is gonna have to put his team on his back when his 2 seven footer teammates are bricking wide open layups at the rim when they barely have to jump to touch the rim…. Sometimes gasol and bynum couldn’t hit a wall if they were standing in front of it… But keep hating on a top 10 player… Of all time!!! Bitches

  3. butterednuts86 - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:03 PM

    Gotta love ignorant waterheads though…

  4. losangelasbasketball - Feb 29, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Where does he get the toughness? The answer mAy never be revealed….

  5. chargerdillon - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Kobe must have found success at success at success in order to play tonight!

    KOBE SYSTEM BABY!

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