Kobe Bryant Injury: Lakers Star Has Nasal Fracture, Team Announces

Kobe Bryant, who was forced to leave the 2012 NBA All-Star Game after a hard foul to the face from Dwyane Wade and complained of headaches after the game, was originally feared to be concussed. That's not so: Kobe has a nasal fracture, the Los Angeles Lakers announced late Sunday.

While a CT scan revealed Bryant's nasal fracture on late Sunday, he is expected to be re-examined by an ear, nose and throat specialist in Los Angeles on Monday.

Bryant and the Lakers do not play until Wednesday, when the Minnesota Timberwolves come to Los Angeles, and it is not clear whether Bryant will miss any time with the injury, or be forced to wear a protective mask.

One thing that seems relatively certain, though? If healthy, Bryant will be highly motivated next Sunday, March 4, when his Lakers meet Wade's Miami Heat for the only time in the 2011-12 season.

For more on Bryant and the Lakers, visit Silver Screen and Roll.

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