Kobe Bryant may have broken Michael Jordan’s All-Star game record last night, but he also walked away from the event with a broken nose. Dwyane Wade hit Kobe on the nose while the Laker was trying to convert a layup during the third quarter. Bryant hit his two free-throws and continued to play, but was later diagnosed with a nasal fracture.
Scott Brooks, who coached the All-Star West team, said:
“I knew he got hit in the nose and had a bloody nose, but other than that I didn’t think it was bothering him. That’s the type of guy he is. He’s not going to let anybody know that he was in pain or had any issues until after the game.”
Kobe didn’t get a chance to speak after the game since he was taken to get his nose examined, but Wade took a few questions about the foul. Wade said:
“I didn’t try to draw no blood, but I took a foul. Kobe fouled me two times in a row, so he’s still got one up on me. But I’m glad that everything was cool and we got back to being competitive and having fun.”
Bryant ended the game with 27 points and overtook Michael Jordan as the player with the all-time highest scorer in All-Star Game history.
Bryant and Wade will get a chance to face off against each other in a slightly more competitive game this weekend. The Miami Heat will travel to Los Angeles on Sunday to take on the Lakers.