Kobe Bryant breaks nose, has mild concussion


Game stories

--The Times’ John Cherwa reports that Lakers guard Kobe Bryant suffered a nasal fracture during the 2012 NBA All-Star game and would be evaluated Monday in Los Angeles by an ear, nose and throat specialist.

--The New York Times’ Howard Beck focuses on the Bryant passing Michael Jordan for the most points in NBA All-Star history.


--The Orange County Register’s Janis Carr noted it was a rough night for Bryant and Andrew Bynum in the 2012 NBA All-Star game.


--The Times’ Cherwa also notes that Oklahoma City Coach Scott Brooks didn’t consider taking Bryant out of the game.

--The Daily News’ Vincent Bonsignore focuses on Bryant’s nose injury.


--The Orange County Register’s Carr provides a photo slide show of the 2012 NBA All-Star game.


--The Daily News’ Bonsignore believes it’s possible the Lakers will acquire Dwight Howard for Bynum.

--The Orlando Sentinel’s Mike Bianchi argues the Magic need to trade Howard.

--Fox Sports Florida’s Sam Gardner found the All-Star game entertaining.

--Sports Illustrated’s Ian Thomsen argues the Lakers should use their $8.9-million trade exception to acquire a wing player if they can’t land Howard.

--Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears focuses on Bryant’s trash talking and ability to play through a broken nose.’s Michael Wallace notes how Bryant was in  Lebron James’ ear about taking the final shot.

Advertisement’s Michael Wilbon argues Bryant needs to involve Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum more in the second half of the season.

--Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski criticizes LeBron James for not taking the final shot. Wojnarowski also reports Bryant has a mild concussion.


--ESPN Los Angeles’ Andy and Brian Kamenetzky evaluate the Lakers at the halfway point of the season. notes it is expected Bryant will be examined and evaluated by ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. John Rehm on Monday when he returns to Los Angeles.

--Silver Screen and Roll’s C.A. Clark breaks down the West’s victory over the East.

Tweet of the Day: “The irony is without LeBron’s great 4Q we wouldn’t be having this “unclutch” convo today. The Bron talking points are always self-inflicted” -- jaadande ( NBA writer J.A. Adande) 

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: “That was one of the most memorable moments in the NBA to me. I remember hearing the news about Magic contacting the HIV virus and how much in disbelief I was in. Then, when the NBA invited him to participate in the 1992 NBA All-star game, it was one of the very few all-star events I ever looked forward to. The ending of that game just showed how magical his career was to Laker fans and NBA fans in general.


“Thank you Magic for bringing Show Time to Los Angeles and setting the bar for the game of basketball. Earvin “Magic” Johnson... The greatest Laker of all time.” -- Ronald Rasp

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