NBA superstar Kobe Bryant fractured his nose and suffered a concussion during the 2012 All Star game. But the self-centered Lakers forward won’t let a broken nose and a mild concussion prevent him from chasing the all-time NBA scoring record.
The injuries occurred during Sunday’s All-Star game in Orlando, when Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade attempted to stop Kobe from making a wide open slam dunk. Wade has since apologized to Kobe publicly and in private.
The league has strict policies on players who are diagnosed with concussions. The policy requires players with head injuries to sit out a number of games and the policy determines when players can return to the court. But we are talking about Kobe Bryant, who has records to break.
Bryant did not miss a game after suffering his injuries. He walked out on the court wearing his version of a Greek warrior mask in last night’s game against the Timberwolves. The mask is to prevent further injuries to his face — and to protect the league from liability — while he
selfishly chases NBA records.
Last month Kobe Bryant surpassed Shaquille O’Neal on the all-time scoring list by scoring 28 points in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
He is already the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history, but he wants more. Bryant holds or shares numerous NBA records with other NBA stars past and present — but he wants them all.
Bryant broke basketball legend Michael Jordan’s scoring record during Sunday’s All-Star game, but he has yet to catch Jordan’s all-time NBA scoring record of 29,277.
If Bryant stays healthy, he’s on pace to break Jordan’s all-time NBA scoring record sometime in 2014. After that, Bryant will set his sights on breaking Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s All-time NBA scoring record of 38,000 points. Bryant will ultimately break every NBA record even it kills him.
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