Kobe Bryant didn’t attend Tuesday’s practice and his status for Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves is “unknown at this time,” according to a team spokesman. Bryant saw Dr. John Rehm, an ear, nose and throat specialist who confirmed the original diagnosis of a broken nose. Bryant, who has other symptoms, will undergo an MRI exam and see a neurologist. He was injured when Dwyane Wade smacked him in the face during Sunday’s All-Star Game in Orlando.
Wade issued an apology after the Miami Heat’s practice.
Bryant’s teammates questioned Wade’s decision to take a hard foul.
“At an All-Star Game, I don’t understand what that was all about. It was crazy,” Lakers center Andrew Bynum said of the play.
Added power forward Pau Gasol: “I think it was out of place, out of line. I don’t think (Wade) intended to break his nose. He just kind of fouled him hard there and got his nose. But again, I don’t think it was the place for a foul like that.”