Following his strong game Wednesday night against the Timberwolves, Kobe Bryant did what he could to squelch any talk of bad blood between him and Miami's Dwyane Wade in the wake of Wade's hard foul on Bryant in last weekend's All-Star Game.
"It was very simple," he said of the play leaving him with a broken nose and a concussion. "[Wade] didn't mean to do it. It's just something that just happens. He's not that type of person."
Kobe's comments will get plenty of play nationally over the next day or two, but likely won't matter much to angry Lakers fans, particularly with the Heat in this weekend for a Sunday matinee. Certainly he believes whatever popularity Wade might have had locally may have evaporated. "Here in L.A.," Bryant smiled, "I'm sure his perception has definitely been altered."