2012 NBA All-Star Game

Kobe says not to blame Dwyane Wade for injury


It isn’t the type of play you normally see in an All-Star Game, where there is normally as much defense played as you see in a 100-yard dash.

At the start of the second half the All-Star Game both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James tried to pick up the defensive intensity and get the East back in the game.

That led to a hard foul by Wade on Kobe Bryant, one that left Kobe with a broken nose and a mild concussion. Wade tried to bring his arms over the top on Kobe and wrap him up, and in the process hit Kobe on his nose.

Kobe said Wednesday he did not blame Wade for what happened. Here’s the quote, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register.

“It was very simple,” Bryant said of the damage from Wade’s foul Sunday. “He didn’t mean to do it. It’s just something that just happens. He’s not that type of person….

“We’ve been close friends for a long time,” Bryant said. “Myself, ‘Melo (Carmelo Anthony) and him. We’ve been really, really close.”

Kobe did not miss any games, he was cleared by league doctors of the concussion in time to play on Wednesday night. Although Kobe did have to wear a mask during that game to protect his nose.

So Kobe absolved Wade of blame. That is very different from saying Kobe will not use this as motivation when the Lakers play the Heat on Sunday.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.