Kobe Bryant has a concussion in addition to the broken nose he suffered in the All-Star game.
The Los Angeles Lakers say Bryant saw a neurologist on Tuesday and he diagnosed the concussion. The All-Star guard will see Dr. Vern Williams again today, and his status for returning to play is day-to-day.
Bryant was first examined Tuesday by an ear, nose and throat specialist, who confirmed his broken nose and referred him to Williams.
Bryant was injured during Sunday night’s game in Orlando, Fla. He was knocked to the floor by Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, who said Tuesday that he has apologized to Bryant for breaking his nose.
Two plays seem to be generating the most attention from the All-Star game — Wade’s hard foul against Bryant and LeBron James’ ill-advised pass at the end of what became a three-point loss for the Eastern Conference.
“It’s an All-Star game. I mean, come on,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who couldn’t answer a question about what he thought of James’ play in the final seconds because he said he didn’t watch the game and hasn’t seen any replays of it since.
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Lamar Odom wasn’t with the Dallas Mavericks for their first game after the All-Star break Tuesday night, and is expected to miss at least one more game after that. Odom also missed the game before the break. Coach Rick Carlisle said then that Odom was excused for a family matter. … Richard Hamilton, who has appeared in only 11 games this season, was back in the Chicago Bulls’ lineup against the New Orleans Hornets. Hamilton had been bothered by a sore right thigh.