Dwyane Wade really did a number on Kobe Bryant during Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, it turns out he not only broke Bryant’s nose, he also managed to give the Los Angeles Lakers star a concussion.
Bryant visited Dr. John Rehm, an ear, nose and throat specialist on Tuesday where he was scheduled to have his nasal fracture confirmed, however Bryant was experiencing other symptoms which ultimately led to a new appointment with neurologist Dr. Vern Williams.
Bryant will be re-evaluated by Dr. Williams on Wednesday and then take his injury on a day-by-day basis.
Right before the NBA lockout the league approved a new concussion policy that requires players to have a full series of tests completed before they can return to play. A player must be completely free of symptoms before they return to action which could keep Bryant out of Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
To be allowed access to game time Bryant will be put through a set of stringent exercises that increase in intensity. Those tests include stationary biking, jogging, agility work and non-contact team drills
Before he’s released to play the league’s NBA concussion program specialist must then clear Bryant, that doctor is Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher associate professor of neurology at the University of Michigan, who is the inaugural director of the NBA’s concussion program.
Realizing the severity of the injury Dwyane Wade said on Tuesday he sent an apology to Bryant for the incident:
“It’s all I can do” Wade said, “He knows it’s no ill intent of me to do that to him. Talk about me for taking the foul, but I never wanted that kind of outcome.”
If Bryant missed Wednesday’s game it will be the first time this season (34 regular season games) that he has sat out this season.
Given the recentness of his concussion do you think Kobe Bryant should sit out Wednesday’s game when the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves?