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Its still possible Kobe Bryant could play Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
He has remained symptom-free for a concussion since Tuesday afternoon after a neurologist said he sustained the head injury Sunday during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, said Lakers spokesman John Black. Since then, Bryant has passed neurological, bicycle, Axon and treadmill tests. Around noon, Bryant started a two-on-two basketball test at the Lakers facility in El Segundo.
Should he successfully pass that test, Bryant will visit neurologist Vern Williams sometime Wednesday afternoon. The Lakers host the Timberwolves at 7:30 p.m. at Staples Center. Bryant will have to remain symptom-free for the rest of the day, according to the NBAs concussion policy implemented this season.
Bryant didnt speak with reporters at the Lakers facility. His two-on-two test was also closed to the media. After suffering a broken nose on Dwyane Wade's hard foul on him during the All-Star Game, Bryant has been given a mask to protect it. But the Lakers say it's up to Bryant on whether he wants to wear it.
Though Lakers Coach Mike Brown kept open the possibility that Bryant could play, he said he will consider starting either Steve Blake, Devin Ebanks or Jason Kapono if Bryant isnt cleared.
"I don't want to speak for the doctors, but if they didn't feel like he was going to be able to play tonight, they would say, 'Oh, he's definitely out,' and they have not said that," Lakers coach Mike Brown said. "They said he's going through the necessary steps to possibly play tonight."
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