(Image Source: Black Sports Online)

 

BY TOM MARTIN

 

You wouldn’t mistake an All-Star game for a boxing match -- but Sunday’s NBA exhibition left Lakers star Kobe Bryant bloodied up.

 

“No word yet if the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant will play Wednesday night against the Timberwolves. He suffered a broken nose in last night’s NBA all star game -- the injury drawing blood. But Bryant stayed in the game anyway and you know what? He broke Michael Jordan's All-Star record.”

 

There was a price for that record: A pounding from Kobe’s rival shooting guard Dywane Wade. The Miami Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman wonders: was Wade out of line?

 

“Absolutely … It would be like … mowing down the catcher in baseball's All-Star Game. That's not to say Wade went all Pete Rose on Kobe, but there should be limits. No one should exit the All-Star Game with a broken nose.”

 

While some say Wade took a fun game too far, a writer for Larry Brown Sports doesn’t see the fuss:

 

“There was nothing dirty about the way Dwyane Wade fouled Kobe Bryant on Sunday night … He came over the top and delivered a hard foul — one that apparently had some lasting effects.”

 

ESPN’s Tim Legler says knowing Kobe, these effects won’t linger:

 

“He’s trying to make a point. His knees feel good again. This is what I’m capable of. Leading the league in scoring, being a guy that’s in the MVP conversation. Every night, that’s what he’s going to be thinking. So this is not gonna be a big setback for him.”

 

As the Miami Herald’s Greg Cote notes, it’s only fitting Wade’s Heat are soon set to head west.

 

“The Lakers happen to host the Heat this coming Sunday, when payback vs. Wade may be expected. Executives of ABC Sports, which will air the Heat-Lakers game, must have been high-fiving when Wade busted down on Bryant like that.”

 

As Yahoo! Sports reports, Kobe not only busted his nose – he also suffered a concussion, meaning his timetable for return is uncertain.

Kobe Breaks Nose In NBA All-Star Game

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Feb 27, 2012

Kobe Breaks Nose In NBA All-Star Game

(Image Source: Black Sports Online)

 

BY TOM MARTIN

 

You wouldn’t mistake an All-Star game for a boxing match -- but Sunday’s NBA exhibition left Lakers star Kobe Bryant bloodied up.

 

“No word yet if the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant will play Wednesday night against the Timberwolves. He suffered a broken nose in last night’s NBA all star game -- the injury drawing blood. But Bryant stayed in the game anyway and you know what? He broke Michael Jordan's All-Star record.”

 

There was a price for that record: A pounding from Kobe’s rival shooting guard Dywane Wade. The Miami Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman wonders: was Wade out of line?

 

“Absolutely … It would be like … mowing down the catcher in baseball's All-Star Game. That's not to say Wade went all Pete Rose on Kobe, but there should be limits. No one should exit the All-Star Game with a broken nose.”

 

While some say Wade took a fun game too far, a writer for Larry Brown Sports doesn’t see the fuss:

 

“There was nothing dirty about the way Dwyane Wade fouled Kobe Bryant on Sunday night … He came over the top and delivered a hard foul — one that apparently had some lasting effects.”

 

ESPN’s Tim Legler says knowing Kobe, these effects won’t linger:

 

“He’s trying to make a point. His knees feel good again. This is what I’m capable of. Leading the league in scoring, being a guy that’s in the MVP conversation. Every night, that’s what he’s going to be thinking. So this is not gonna be a big setback for him.”

 

As the Miami Herald’s Greg Cote notes, it’s only fitting Wade’s Heat are soon set to head west.

 

“The Lakers happen to host the Heat this coming Sunday, when payback vs. Wade may be expected. Executives of ABC Sports, which will air the Heat-Lakers game, must have been high-fiving when Wade busted down on Bryant like that.”

 

As Yahoo! Sports reports, Kobe not only busted his nose – he also suffered a concussion, meaning his timetable for return is uncertain.

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