Few could have predicted that the 2012 NBA All-Star Game would involve a notable injury, and fewer still would have imagined that Kobe Bryant would be the superstar that ended up being sidelined as a result. Dwyane Wade drew blood with a foul on Bryant in the third quarter of the exhibition game. Early CT scans showed a nasal fracture, but there was a further injury update on Tuesday.
Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reported that Bryant has been diagnosed with a concussion. He is currently listed as day-to-day and is doubtful for Wednesday night's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Bryant will again see neurologist Vern Williams on Wednesday, but the NBA's new concussion policy makes it hard to envision Bryant playing against the Timberwolves.
According to the policy set in motion this season, after a player is symptom-free for 24 hours, he must complete a series of steps to confirm he's healthy enough for competition. The steps are increasing stages of exertion from a stationary bike to jogging to agility work to non-contact drills while ensuring the symptoms didn't return after each stage.
At that point, there would have to be consultation with the neurologist in charge of the NBA's concussion program before Bryant was cleared to play.
Bryant would have to be symptom-free Tuesday evening and be able to complete the stages 24 hours later before the Lakers take the court against Minnesota.
It is unlikely that Bryant will miss significant playing time, but he is likely none too pleased at the prospect of missing even Wednesday night's game.