The L.A. Times reported and explained the process Kobe was made to go through in a little more detail.
“The NBA ruled last December that players must pass a series of medical tests and remain asymptomatic for at least 24 hours before they could return to the lineup after a concussion. So Bryant recalled driving around 'all over the place' so he could complete a series of exercises, including neurological, treadmill, bicycle and agility tests. He then completed a game of two-on-two and then has made five visits to neurologist Vern Williams to prove he remains asymptomatic.”
The players in the NBA pride themselves on their ability to play under any circumstances, even physical stress and pain. For them, it’s a part of earning your salary. The NBA made the right step to force through a policy to ensure that all the players remained healthy.
The Commercial Appeal has reported that Randolph is nearing full recovery and has been participating in contact drills with his teammates. Randolph who partially tore a MCL almost two months ago said that although he was recovering well, he is still not confident of making a return yet.
“It is just a mental part of me. You want to go out there and do what you know you can do. I just want to know that it’s stable, that I’m not going to come down and tweak anything.”
Randolph will be missing this week’s action. The Grizzlies face a three game road trip this week.
Brook Lopez, who sprained his ankle in the victory against the Bobcats has been said to miss only three weeks. Lopez has been in crutches since that game. As reported by ESPN New York: “Lopez will be in a walking boot, and the Nets will update his status on March 23. The 23 year old suffered the injury in the third quarter of Sunday night’s game in Charlotte and did not return. He underwent X-rays later that night, but the team did not reveal the news until Monday.”
This is obviously very good news for Lopez who missed a major part of this season with a broken toe. He has featured in only 5 games this season and he feared that it would get worse. This brings both the Nets and Magic into a very tricky situation. The trade deadline is only 9 days away and this injury to Lopez may cause a pickle in the trade. Howard may very well be a Magic player come deadline. Both sets of teams and fans will be closely monitoring the situation and praying for their own preferences.