Laker Kobe Bryant "Doing Great So Far" After Concussion

An unusual display of defense in Sunday's NBA All-Star game resulted in a broken nose for the Lakers star

By Jonathan Lloyd
|  Wednesday, Feb 29, 2012  |  Updated 1:24 PM PDT
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2012 NBA All-Star Game: Lakers, Clippers and Kobe Bryant's Nose

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Kobe Bryant, of the Los Angeles Lakers, reacts after he was hit in the nose by Dwyane Wade at Sunday's NBA All-Star game.

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Kobe Bryant was described as "symptom-free" after another visit to a doctor Wednesday to re-evaluate his concussion, an injury sustained in addition to the broken nose suffered during Sunday's NBA All-Star game.

The NBA requires players to be symptom free 24 hours ahead of a game, according to the league's new concussion policy. If Bryant passes a series of required tests, it's possible he will play Wednesday when LA takes on Minnesota at Staples Center.

Bryant visited an ear, nose and throat specialist Tuesday. He was re-evaluated by a neurologist Wednesday and is "doing great so far," said Lakers spokesman John Black.

Bryant passed league-mandated tests on a bicycle and treadmill, and a test involving cognitive function Wednesday, according to the team. An update on Bryant's condition was expected Wednesday afternoon following more tests.

It's possible Bryant will wear a mask to protect his nose if he plays Wednesday.

Bryant did not practice with the team Tuesday, and the tests administered Wednesday are part of the league's strict new concussion policy that sets standards for a player's return to the court. Once the player is symptom-free, he must spend time on a stationary bike, jog and complete agility exercises.

A neurologist hired by the league must assess the player before he is cleared to play. The process usually takes a few days, possibly weeks.

Bryant was injured Sunday when Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat clobbered him in the nose as he drove to the basket -- a display of defense rarely seen in an NBA All-Star game.

Wade later apologized for breaking Bryant's nose.

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