Bryant saw neurologist Dr. Williams this morning and passed the neurological exam, and according to Black, is “doing great so far.”
It’s an NBA requirement to be symptom free for 24 hours ahead of a game in order for a player with a concussion to play, a policy new this season. Bryant also passed three further tests, one on a bicycle, one on a treadmill and what’s known as an Axon test – a baseline test for cognitive function – on Wednesday. Another portion of the test comes on the basketball court, in which Bryant played 2-on-2 subsequent to Black’s address to the media.
Provided that hoops test went well, and Bryant passes the pregame neurological exam, he will indeed play against Minnesota.
By the way: the Lakers do have a mask that Bryant may wear as protection for his broken nose.
UPDATE: BRYANT PASSED HIS FINAL NEUROLOGICAL EXAM AND WAS CLEARED TO PLAY.