Kobe Bryant suffers concussion, may not play against Minnesota
Laker’s Kobe Bryant. PHOTO/File
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.
Wade told reporters he sent Bryant an apologetic message.