Kobe Bryant’s sprained ankle, which has kept him out of the last three Lakers games, will keep him out of the All-Star Game Sunday in Dallas. ESPN’s Marc Stein (based out of Dallas) broke the news on Twitter then followed it up with a story.
Likewise, the personal family matter (a sick daughter) that has kept Allen Iverson out of the last five Philadelphia games will have him sitting out the All-Star festivities as well.
Replacing Kobe will be hometown favorite Jason Kidd for the West — he will be making his 10th All-Star appearance and this season is averaging 9.3 points and 9.3 assists per game, plus has become a good three-point shooter (41%) in Big D.
In the East, New York’s David Lee will get to be in his first All-Star game — a spot he earned scoring 20 points and pulling down 11 rebounds a game this season, with 30 double-doubles. Although, Atlanta’s Josh Smith — 14 points a game on a top team, plus a superior defender — would have been the better choice.
Still, that is two fan-voted starters out of action on Sunday — Kobe was the highest vote getter in the West. He has been out since Lamar Odom stepped on his foot in a win over Charlotte. As a side note, the Lakers and Sixers are a combined 8-0 with those two out of the lineup.