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Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Kobe Bryant's nasal fracture confirmed, will undergo MRI

By Brian Kamenetzky

After sustaining a nasal fracture in Sunday's All-Star Game, Kobe Bryant missed Tuesday's practice, and his status for tomorrow's tilt with Minnesota is unknown. Writes ESPNLA's Dave McMenamin:
"Bryant visited Dr. John Rehm, an ear, nose and throat specialist, on Tuesday morning where his nasal fracture was confirmed. Bryant was experiencing other symptoms related to the nose injury that occurred in the third quarter of the NBA All-Star Game Sunday when Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade fouled Bryant across the face, and the 16-year veteran was sent to a neurologist to undergo an MRI following his appointment with Dr. Rehm."

Asked whether Bryant showed signs or symptoms of a concussion, the Lakers made it clear they're not using, and have not used, that word to describe the injury. Still, Bryant going from the e.n.t guy to the brain guy will certainly raise eyebrows, along with the collective heart rate of Lakers fans.

As for the foul during Sunday's game, Wade said he apologized to Bryant for the foul, reiterating that he wasn't trying to hurt Kobe.

We'll have more information on Kobe's status when it's available.