The NBA injury gods that have taken no mercy on this season are not letting up for the All-Star Game. They just took away the guy many of us most wanted to see.
Three-fifths of the players the fans voted in as All-Star Game starters in the Western Conference are out of the game, we are just now finding out who might replace some of them.
Anthony Davis, who has missed the last two New Orleans games with a sprained shoulder after a nasty fall, is going to miss Sunday’s All-Star game because of said injury, Davis announced through the team Wednesday.
“After careful thought and consideration, I’ve decided I will not be participating in this year’s NBA All-Star competitions, Davis said in a released statement. “I want to thank the fans for voting me into the All-Star game and I am sorry I will not be able to play…. More than anything, I am anxious to get healthy and back on the court with my teammates after the All-Star break.”
That makes three Western Conference starters voted in by the fans who are out: Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Davis.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will name Davis’ replacement, and early reports have Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas getting the call. Throughout the process, Silver has selected the next guy in line by the coaches’ voting. Nowitzki is averaging 18.3 points a game and this would be his 13th All-Star appearance.
He has already named the replacements for Bryant and Griffin — DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Lillard — but it was up to West coach Steve Kerr to name the starters. He named the first two on Wednesday:
Now Kerr has one more starter to name.