Kobe Bryant: Why Black Mamba Won't Be Slowed by Latest Malady

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IFebruary 28, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference looks to pass the ball against Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls and the Eastern Conference during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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What else can happen to Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant?

It's been a crazy first half of the 2012 season for Black Mamba, tearing a ligament in his wrist during the Lakers first preseason game of the season.

Now there's the nasal fracture and mild concussion he suffered during the All-Star Game.

That's the same All-Star Game that features next to no contact, so leave it to Bryant to get smacked in the face by Miami's Dwyane Wade.

Have no fear though, the latest injuries won't slow him down one bit.

If the wrist didn't do the trick, the nose doesn't stand a chance.

Bryant made it apparent from the start of the season that he's on a mission and that he's focused, not only on individual success, but a shot at another ring.

When Bryant is focused, he's also very dangerous.

All he did in the first half was lead the NBA in scoring at 28.4 PPG, with a banged up wrist most of the time.

The only thing that can slow Bryant down is Black Mamba himself.

Judging by the first half of the season, which saw Bryant eclipse to 40-point mark in four straight games, I'd expect more of the same from him down the stretch.

The great ones become that way from taking their game to another level when their teams need it the most. Bryant has been at his best late in seasons in the past and this year will be no exception.

A broken nose doesn't stand a chance to slow him down.

The mild concussion could be a different story in the short-term. His immediate status for Wednesday's game against the Minnesota Timberwolves is unknown.

Bryant has to still see a specialist today and must pass the NBA's concussion test, but i wouldn't expect him out very long, if at all.

He's got a reputation for playing through just about everything so I don't expect the latest situation to slow him down a bit.

Plus there is a matchup against Wade and the Miami Heat on Sunday. No one really expects him to miss that do they?

It's been a crazy year for Bryant so far, but nothing has been able to slow him down to date.

The latest injuries stand no chance.