GET “TFOH”: Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo & Pierce Fined For All-Star Absences

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant left All-Star weekend in Orlando with a broken nose and a concussion. Tuesday he found out he left town with a lighter wallet as well.

Bryant was fined by the NBA for missing a news conference and a league-mandated charity activity on Friday, a league spokesman confirmed. The league spokesman said Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce were also fined for missing All-Star events.

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A USA Today report said Bryant was fined $40,000 and Rondo and Pierce were each fined $20,000 for also missing the charity activity. The league would not confirm the amounts of the fines.

Asked about the fine after the Lakers 88-85 overtime loss to the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, Bryant said he hadn’t been told of the fine yet and said, “I guess you’re not allowed to be sick.”

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