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Kobe and Iverson out, Kidd and Lee in for All-Star Game

Feb 11, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

nba_bryant1.jpgKobe 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.

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    The article is correct! You might want to read it again.

  3. lakers24 - Feb 11, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    ur an idiot kurt

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    Again, this guy is still considered News?? If not a rapist

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  8. Asif - Feb 12, 2010 at 12:14 PM

    The PR rating will go wayyyyyy down…nobody wants to see lbj winning the all star mvp without a competition…:(:(..sad day for the fans and the NBA…no love for AI though…he really didnt deserve to start…as for kidd??? all i can say is thank u mark cuban…

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    GET A LIFE MOVE TO IRAN WITH YOUR PAL WHO GIVES A AND STOP HATING!!!

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    SORRY DUDE BUT I WOULDNT WASTE A PENNY FOUND ON A STREET CORNER FOR THESE IGNORANT JACKA** WHOSE MORALS’ ACTUALLY COME OUT OF TOILET.

  11. ursher baby - Feb 12, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    um it does say it WILL keep him out of the all star game please read it again or go back to school… one or the other wud be fine with me… ppl love to comment on stuff but dnt know what the f*** they be talkin about jeesh!

  12. DCLAKERFAN - Feb 12, 2010 at 2:00 PM

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  15. sT - Feb 12, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    I am very, very happy that Kobe is taking a must needed break from the sport of Basketball at the moment, the Lakers need him ready for the 2nd season, which is the Playoffs and his 5th ring after that.

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