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James Harden to start All-Star Game for Kobe Bryant

Feb 14, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT

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Kobe Bryant was already replaced on the Western Conference All-Star roster with Anthony Davis, but that was only half the process. Kobe must also be replaced in the starting lineup.

Looks like that’s settled, too.

Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports:

Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be replaced as a Western Conference All-Star starter by Houston Rockets guard James Harden, a source told Yahoo Sports.

Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks, who is coaching the West All-Stars, chose Harden as a starter.

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I thought Chris Paul, the third-leading vote-getter among Western Conference guards and best All-Star reserve at any position in either conference, deserved the start. Oh, well. Paul will still get his minutes, and if he’s playing well, he’ll be on the court in the final few minutes when both teams play hard.

However, I like the sentiment behind Brooks picking Harden, his former sixth man with the Thunder. That’s just a nice show of respect from the coach.

  1. bjornreyes - Feb 14, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I’m not a Kobe fan, but I still can’t believe I’ll live to see an All Star game without him.

    • mickdamill - Feb 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      How so? All stars should be based on the performance of the current season. It’s a shame players who have only played a handful of games get voted in over guys who are busting their a$$ night after night and helping their teams win games.

      • bjornreyes - Feb 14, 2014 at 7:48 PM

        But (before this season) he has always been relatively durable and injury-free. And when healthy, he has always played at the top level. Hence, the “can’t believe I’ll live to see an All Star game without him” comment.

  2. rohlo - Feb 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    also not to mention scotty brooks is a former houston rockets player who won a ring in houston.. respect to scott brooks from htown!!!

  3. sportsfan18 - Feb 14, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    It doesn’t matter either way for the Lakers.

    Folks, the Lakers have 5 wins and 22 losses in their last 27 games.

    Having Gasol or not isn’t going to make a difference.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Good thing your comment has nothing to do with this story.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

        He was saying that without Kobe or Gasol, the Lakers are going to suck.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Edit out “are going to”

  4. sandersmarcus10 - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    How was he a starter in the first place he only played like what 10 games this year?

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Maybe because he got more votes. Just a wild guess.

    • spursareold - Feb 14, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      Fans are stupid and uninformed. That’s how.

  5. 00maltliquor - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    I love Gasol and his loyalty! He’s been in every trade rumor since the big Bush was in office and he still wants to stay. Can we keep him Jimmy, can we pleeease! This guy bleeds Purple and Gold.

    • 00maltliquor - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      How the hell did this comment end up on THIS article!!??

  6. sellahh - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    X-Files: The Wrong Thread

  7. billtetley53 - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    Vanessa Monetti: Good Lord, is that all you do is whine and cry in these comments? Good thing your such a “loyal” fan. Go outside, there is more to life than the Lakers.

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