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Kobe says not to blame Dwyane Wade for injury

Mar 1, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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It isn’t the type of play you normally see in an All-Star Game, where there is normally as much defense played as you see in a 100-yard dash.

At the start of the second half the All-Star Game both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James tried to pick up the defensive intensity and get the East back in the game.

That led to a hard foul by Wade on Kobe Bryant, one that left Kobe with a broken nose and a mild concussion. Wade tried to bring his arms over the top on Kobe and wrap him up, and in the process hit Kobe on his nose.

Kobe said Wednesday he did not blame Wade for what happened. Here’s the quote, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.

“It was very simple,” Bryant said of the damage from Wade’s foul Sunday. “He didn’t mean to do it. It’s just something that just happens. He’s not that type of person….

“We’ve been close friends for a long time,” Bryant said. “Myself, ‘Melo (Carmelo Anthony) and him. We’ve been really, really close.”

Kobe did not miss any games, he was cleared by league doctors of the concussion in time to play on Wednesday night. Although Kobe did have to wear a mask during that game to protect his nose.

So Kobe absolved Wade of blame. That is very different from saying Kobe will not use this as motivation when the Lakers play the Heat on Sunday.

  1. lakerluver - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    The BLACK MAMBA has spoken. That should put this crap to rest. And how about Kobe24 last night? He almost f_____ around and got a trip-dub in his mask! Anybody else would’ve needed a couple of games to get adjusted to the thing. But not the MAMBA!!

  2. canehouse - Mar 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Praise the Mamba! Finally the national media can have a new narrative to try and slant for the masses to indulge on.

  3. isujames - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:07 AM

    Is he going to wear the phantom mask now?

  4. sellahh - Mar 1, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    I love Kobe, really do but that mask but he looked sort of funny in that mask. But it didnt seem to affect his game for sure so whatever i suppose.

  5. goforthanddie - Mar 1, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Kobe isn’t the Laker who needs motivation, and any way you spin it, that was a punk move by wade.

  6. namriverrat69 - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    No one cheap shots a hard foul like that in an All Star game. No defense is played all game except for Wade to stop Kobe and try to help James win the MVP. It didn’t work. It just brought his dark side to light. When there is a chance to knock out someone like Kobe he takes it. Kobe has more guts and iron will to play through injuries that would keep Wade on the side line for big chunks of seasons.

    • edweird0 - Mar 2, 2012 at 3:32 AM

      Dude, if the person who this happened to said it wasn’t a bid deal & wasn’t dirty whatsoever, mind you Kobe has actually KNOWN Wade his entire NBA career, why do you continue to make something outta nothing?

  7. losangelasbasketball - Mar 2, 2012 at 12:06 AM

    Kobe is going to get his revenge game 7 of the finals….

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