The Lakers announced today on their website that Kobe Bryant suffered a broken nose during the All-Star Game and will be checked out further this afternoon by an ear, nose and throat specialist. Bryant was injured when Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat fouled him hard on a drive to the basket in the third quarter, drawing blood.
Bryant remained in the game and scored 27 points in the West’s 152-149 victory over the East in Orlando, but he skipped a postgame media session to be examined by a doctor. A CT scan revealed the broken nose.
In addition, Bryant suffered a mild concussion, according to a report on Yahoo Sports.
“That’s the type of guy he is,” West coach Scott Brooks of Oklahoma City said of Bryant. “He’s not going to let anybody know that he was in pain or had any issues. The guy is as competitive as I’ve seen. He was going to give everything and not let us know. That’s what makes him the special player that he is.”
The Lakers resume practice Tuesday and play their first game after the All-Star break Wednesday when they play host to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They meet Wade and the Heat in a nationally televised game from Staples Center on Sunday afternoon.