Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  70 responses

Kobe Bryant Day-to-Day With Concussion

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

There had been talk following Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game that Kobe Bryant had suffered a concussion after Dwyane Wade’s hard foul (which broke his nose, and for which Wade apologized.)

The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed that their superstar guard did indeed have a concussion, which was determined by a neurologist. Bryant is questionable for tonight’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In order for Kobe to play tonight, he must pass a battery of tests (as part of the League’s new concussion policy). The LA Times explains:

A new NBA policy could prevent Bryant from playing Wednesday after a neurologist diagnosed him Tuesday with a concussion from a hard foul by Miami guard Dwyane Wade in Sunday’s All-Star game. According to the concussion policy the league implemented this season, a player must be symptom-free for 24 hours and then complete a series of steps to confirm he was healthy enough for competition. Physical exertion increases at each stage, from a stationary bike, to jogging, to agility work, to noncontact drills. If Bryant didn’t experience symptoms after each stage, there would be consultation with the neurologist in charge of the NBA’s concussion program before he was cleared to play.

Bryant went to see neurologist Vern Williams on Tuesday afternoon after disclosing unspecified symptoms, according to a Lakers spokesman. Earlier in the day, an ear, nose and throat specialist confirmed Bryant had a broken nose. That Bryant never stopped playing after sustaining such injuries in a game sponsored by the NBA could become a flashpoint of debate if Bryant couldn’t play Wednesday … or even if he could.

Kobe Bryant, who’s never had a concussion in his career before, will see a neurologist again today before his game status can be officially determined.

Given Bryant’s willingness to play (and train) through just about any ailment, putting the decision for him to suit up or not tonight in someone else’s hands, is likely the right move.

UPDATE: According to the Lakers’ team website, it sounds like Kobe will likely play tonight: “Kobe Bryant, who suffered a broken nose and concussion at Sunday’s All-Star game, has been ‘symptom free’ since last afternoon, according to Lakers spokesman John Black. Bryant saw neurologist Dr. Williams this morning and passed the neurological exam, and according to Black, is ‘doing great so far.’ [...] Bryant also passed three further tests, one on a bicycle, one on a treadmill and what’s known as an Axon test – a baseline test for cognitive function – on Wednesday. Another portion of the test comes on the basketball court, in which Bryant played 2-on-2 subsequent to Black’s address to the media. Provided that hoops test went well, and Bryant passes the pregame neurological exam, he will indeed play against Minnesota.”

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  • bull22

    smh…fucc u mr. gabrielle union

  • Justin G.

    Good job Wade…good job

  • phillygirl109

    From my view, it didn’t look like that foul was THAT hard. I’m no doctor, but this sounds really extra. The bloody nose wasn’t enough drama? I’m no Kobe fan–wish him no harm though, but I’ve seen harder hits for sure that didn’t cause concussions.

  • james

    really phillygirl you really think he might be faking a concussion? smh

  • james

    if you start a sentence with “I’m no doctor but,…..” you probably should just keep it to yourself

  • Paul H

    The strength of the blow Is less Important than exactly where he was hit.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Henkenzo

    im no professional baller, but a triple double sounds easy.

  • Noah O

    kobe wouldn’t fake a concussion because kobe plays through anything because he is that dedicated to not missing any games

  • AD

    i think this is overblown.. kobe is fine he still played after the hit… The media is wack sometimes

  • http://wikipedia.org Eddie1

    I’m no petty Miami Heat superstar, but dating Gabrielle Union sounds pretty easy.

  • http://www.nba.com/history/allstar/injury_replacements.html dfrance21

    It’s very possible to get a concussion and not know it. Just because he wasn’t knocked out cold laying lifeless on the court doesn’t mean he didn’t suffer a concussion.

  • Mike From Spain

    How do the odds for the T-Wolves winning tonight look? Pekovic is great on the offensive end, but he’s not such a great defender and I suspect the likes of Bynum or Gasol would light him up. I see Milicic getting a lot of minutes, Ricky, Ridnour and Barea doing their usual thing (will their good versions show up though? It is more about them than about Lakers perimeter defense) Williams and Beasley sharing minutes at the 3 and shooting streaky, not sure about Love in the paint but probably will hit a few jumpshots and clean the glass. The Wolves need length at the 4 for stretches of the game, I am not sure if Williams can play the 4 for some stretches when Love sits down.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    If Carmelo Anthony got hit like that, he would have faked his death.
    Just like he did when he was playing for Denver.

  • Paul H

    @Dfrance. Too right mate. And a concussion Is never something to sniff at.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Philo ftw! Lol

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    C’Mon Slamily, you guys can do better than this. I have a lot of faith in you. Let’s go.
    I’m no……..but…….


    Daps 4 Wade

  • Jellynose

    I’m no Rip, but I find protective masks sexay.

  • http://www.andywhitby.com Andy Whitby

    Anyone on here writing ‘daps for Wade’ or ‘good job’ is just a straight d**k – show some class, regardless of how a player angers you try to keep your neck wound in when wishing actual hurt on them.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    I’m no IAMORANGE but I think the Knicks beat the Sixers in the ECF.

  • Thanasi

    Kobe will b alright he’s a tough motha f’er

  • Jzakoni

    I got tickets for this game tonight (rooting for twolves) I hope Kobe plays tonight, always a negative when a star player doesn’t play

  • robb

    There’s no point in thinking about revenge. Wade will injure himself pretty soon, as usual.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    No one sees Kevin Hart in that pic thou!?? Lol. But Wade gonna get fu*ked up in LA on sunday. I think a cheap shot comin from either Kobe, Metta, Barnes(most likely) or Bynum

  • xx_JOMMOMA_xx

    KOBE has always been soft. Always thought he was MIKE. Kobe had to get charged in colorado to get street cred.
    When is he gonna stop getting all PHIL and SHAQS credit.
    KOBE never should be mentioned with your airness.

    and now hes jealous of THE BLAKE GRIFFIN SHOW

    props dewaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayne waaaade

  • Ldub

    ^ what in the blue hell is JOMMOMA talking about? if anyone should ever be mentioned with MJ it should be Kobe. Damn near mirror images of one another. I am not a huge Kobe fan, but I recognize the talent/game dude has. Kobe is definitely NOT soft, nor has he neglected to give credit where its due. He knows he wouldnt be a 3-peat champ if not for Shaq and Phil and wouldnt have gotten the next 2 of not for Pau. His will to win and competitiveness is what draws the most likeness to his airness! Im so tired of these Kobe haters making up mess just because they are….well Kobe haters. Be a true bball fan and recognize game. Soft doesnt break records in a franchise.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    ^ I stopped reading when u said Kobe has always been soft

  • burnt_chicken

    I’m no The Seed, but I have a pathological hatred of Steve Nash. I also have no idea how to use idiomatic phrases. Actually, I have no idea what ‘idiomatic’ means (I’m no AllenP either), because I’ve never ever read a book. Ironic, isn’t it?

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    When Ldub is standing up for Kobe you know you being a hater. Sucks that this happened. I hope he does play. I know it’s nothing to mess around with, but KB’s not going to like being forced to sit.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    i’m no pam macgee, but javale is the future of the (bush) league

  • http://slamonline.com Raseven

    that Wade foul was petty I would have took the fine and suspension and whupped his ass

  • bike

    Team physicians became concerned when it was reported that Kobe was quoted saying in the locker room after the All Star game “Boys, that win over the East tonight was simply precious”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Lol @ Spit hot fiyah
    I’m no DRose but I play Dance Dance Revolution all the time.
    Also, if you bite at Jomomma’s obvious trolling at 2.00pm then you should really quick hanging out with Javale.

  • xx_JOMMOMA_xx

    slow down nick
    get off kobes ….

  • xx_JOMMOMA_xx

    because kobe looks like mike doesnt make him mike
    nobody is mike
    what is wrong with you people
    larry, isiah , magic, mike, charles , malone, shaq, hakeem
    he cant even be mentioned in the same breath as these legends
    kobe is tier 2

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    I’m no NBK but I think everyone else is an idiot

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    That mirror must have shattered to a thousands pieces.

  • Mojo

    Alot of people here obviously don’t understand the biology behind concussions. Educate yourselves America!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    I’m no Ernie Johnson but Jomomma would make a great replacement for Reggie Miller as a TNT announcer. Bill Walton reincarnated.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    you just can’t get me out of your mind can you fiddle?

  • JoeMaMa

    I’m no handle stealer, but there’s only 1 JoeMaMa.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow


  • c.a.

    Come on Kobe, DUNK ON CONCUSSION. You’re welcome.

  • bnets
  • Jesse

    Wade should have been suspended.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    I’m no psychologist but I find slam to be a great microcosm to study; especially in regards to Napoleon Complexes.

  • showmeyourwits

    I’m no Miss Cleo, but McBob is gonna elbow LeBron- not Wade in the face on Sunday.


    I’m no self-loathing closeted homophobe, but I must say, THIS is gay.

  • meekie

    All it too was for the media to run with somthing and low and behold you all are blowing smthing out of proportion. What did kobe say, that’s who you should be asking and stop letting the media wear it out. For Eddie1, talking bout his woman iver some foolishly. Maybe you should ask you neighborhood how easy your girl is.


    BTW, that foul didn’t seem that hard. Hard to believe Kobe got a concussion from that. I am not saying the doctor is lying. Just sayin’ it’s hard to believe that tap led to a concussion. I don’t recall Kobe getting a concussion from the Chris Childs and I thought Chris Childs hit Kobe much harder than Wade hit him. lol

  • GC6

    Im no sports anaylist but Kobe should retire

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    I am no Allenp, but a concussion is a traumatic brain injury that may result in a bad headache, altered levels of alertness or unconsciousness. Obviously Kobe had these symptoms after the game. The impact must have temporarily interfered with the way Kobe brain works and the significant movement of the brain jarred in any direction caused Kobe to lose some alertness after the game during testing. The concussion was caused by the way Kobe’s head moved in an akward position, because Kobe did not see it coming. You can see a punch coming can can brace your body and neck for the impact. Most head injuries that result in concussions are associated with injury to the neck and spine. Both were affected in the cheap shot Wade put on Kobe. I digress. BOOK IT!

  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup


  • http://www.nesn.com/2012/02/kobe-bryant-says-hes-better-than-michael-jordan-second-to-wilt-chamberlain-as-best-nba-player-ever-v.html shutup

    I’m no Shane Battier but I guess concussions are of an esoteric nature.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Haha, good comments in this post

  • mick

    kobe has the best pr men in the biz

  • Knick-a-bocka

    Kobe’s still just struggling with the fact it’s a new decade, and he is no longer THE man in the West.
    Step aside Kobe, KDs got this.

  • robb

    I’m no Bosh but I cried when I saw Kobe bleeding.

  • http://guyism.com/sports/michael-jordan-selling-chicago-area-home-for-29-million-dollars.html Caboose

    I’m no Gregg Popovich, but when I drink beer, I drink Dos Equis.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick The Quick

    ^^ lmbao

  • IamYOU

    I’m no … but ….. STFU!

  • IamYou

    I’m no Derrick Rose, but I won’t dance to THIS.


    I’m no e-thug, but I gotta say, damn it feels good to be a gangsta.

  • xx_JOMOMMA_xx

    told you he wasnt injured…
    and now he thinks acting like laimbeer will give him hype
    anything for attention

  • EJ

    I’m no philosopher, but shout out to phillygirl109

  • IamYou

    I’m no Lebron, but I travel alot. I’m no wade, but I apologize for that comment..

  • Dungeon Family

    it’s some lame ass kids in this post

    got damn

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    I’m no doctor with a fancy medical degree, I’m just an unfrozencavemanlawyer. When I get in my 2013 bmw, I sometimes hit my head and it hurts, but I doubt its a concussion. AhHhh fire!

  • Rainman

    ^ lol


    That’s good stuff Tarzan Cooper. lol