The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant managed to kick up the dramatics during Sunday night’s All-Star Game, and also managed to pass Michael Jordan’s record as the greatest All-Star scorer.
In the third quarter of last night’s game, Miami’s Dwyane Wade delivered a hard foul to Byrant. Ultimately, that move ended up breaking Bryant’s nose and giving him a minor concussion. Not that it really fazed Bryant, who finished the game with 27 points. Bryant surpassed Oscar Robertson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan as the NBA All-Star Game’s greatest scorer in the game somewhere in the third quarter for a total of 271 points for his career. Not bad.
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But Wade suggested that Bryant’s record may not last. “That record he got tonight, with [Kevin Durant] in the league, I don’t know how long it’s going to last.” Durant has managed to score 85 points in just three All-Star games, and LeBron James is expected to close in on Bryant soon.
It wasn’t until post-game that Bryant’s “bloody nose” was diagnosed as a nasal fracture and a CT scan revealed that Bryant had suffered a minor concussion. Bryant is expected to return to the game on Wednesday with the Lakers.
“That’s the type of guy he is,” West coach Scott Brooks told ESPN. “He’s not going to let anybody know that he was in pain or had any issues. The guy is as competitive as I’ve seen. He was going to give everything and not let us know. That’s what makes him the special player that he is.”