Trey Lyles replacing Nikola Mirotic in Rising Stars Challenge

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When the NBA released rosters for the Rising Stars Challenge, many howled about one omission: Boban Marjanovic, the Spurs’ fan-favorite rookie.

Even with the World Team losing a frontcourt player to injury, Marjanovic still didn’t get the call.

NBA release:

Utah Jazz rookie forward Trey Lyles will replace injured World Team selection Nikola Mirotic of the Chicago Bulls in the 2016 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Mirotic sitting out this exhibition is no surprise. The question: When will he return to the Bulls after his second surgery?

And no offense to Lyles – a skilled Canadian big with a bright future – what will it take to get Marjanovic into the game?