NBA fines Lakers' Kobe Bryant

Updated: March 7, 2012, 9:43 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant left All-Star Weekend in Orlando with a broken nose and a concussion. Tuesday he found out he left town with a lighter wallet as well.

Bryant was fined by the NBA for missing a news conference and Friday's league-mandated charity activity, a league spokesman confirmed.

The league spokesman said Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce also were fined for missing All-Star events.

A USA Today report said Bryant was fined $40,000 and Rondo and Pierce each were fined $20,000 for also missing the charity activity. The league would not confirm the amounts of the fines.

Asked about the fine after the Lakers' 88-85 overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, Bryant said he hadn't been told of the fine yet and said, "I guess you're not allowed to be sick."

Ramona Shelburne is a columnist and a reporter for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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