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Lakers Vs. Timberwolves: Kobe Bryant Still Needs To Be Cleared To Play

The good news for Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is that he has been symptom free since Tuesday afternoon, the team announced today. But Bryant, who suffered a nasal fracture and a concussion on Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game in Orlando, still needs to be cleared by neurologist Dr. Vern Williams in order to play Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center.

"He's still going through the necessary steps to be cleared," said head coach Mike Brown, who said that if Bryant couldn't play, the options to start at shooting guard would be Devin Ebanks, Jason Kapono or Steve Blake, per Mike Trudell of

Bryant has already seen the neurologist Wednesday, and has passed the Axon, bike, and treadmill tests. The Axon test is a baseline test that measures the speed and accuracy of the brain. All that's left for Kobe, per the team, is to pass the 2-on-2 test, then be cleared by the neurologist in order to be able to play Wednesday night.

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