Kobe Bryant suffers nasal fracture in All-Star Game
The NBA All-Star Game proved painful for Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. The star was knocked to the ground by a smack to the nose from Dwayne Wade during the second half of Sunday’s game in Orlando, Florida. The foul drew blood and came with 8:38 left in the third quarter. The Miami Heat guard hit Bryant while trying to defend a layup, aiming for the ball but instead fouling Bryant. Bryant made the two free throws and stayed in the game, but upon examination including a CT he was determined to have a nasal fracture. The two teams will face each other this coming Sunday.
Wade did not seem to think the incident was worth much note, saying Bryant fouled him twice in the game anyway. Bryant was not available to the press for comment after the game due to the examinations he was undergoing. He will see an ear, nose and throat specialist, Dr. John Rehm, upon returning to Los Angeles on Monday.
Bryant finished the night with 27 points, dethroning Michael Jordan as the leading scorer in All-Star games of all time. So far there is no word on whether or not the injury will cause Bryant to miss any games. The Lakers face the Minnesota Timberwolves at home on Wednesday.