Concussions are serious business these days in the world of sport. The NHL and NFL have both started to crack down hard on concussive hits in the last couple of years and pretty much every other sport has their own measures in place these days.
One of those measures for the NBA could keep Kobe Bryant from playing against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night, as Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin wrote Tuesday morning.
After being hit hard by Dwyane Wade during the All Star Game, Kobe suffered both a broken nose and a concussion. Before the season, every player in the NBA was required to take a special test to determine their reaction times, and are forced to take it once again after a concussion is sustained. If their reaction times are worse than they were pre-season, the player may be forced to sit out.
We all know Kobe would gladly play through any symptoms, but it's not up to him at this point.
Kobe sitting out of the game would be a decided advantage to the Timberwolves, who are looking to beat the Lakers for the first time in a long time. The Lakers losing the best scorer in the league would certainly help them out with that.