Feb 14, 2014, 9:33 AM EDT
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.
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.
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- Mike Conley out for Game 4 with “serious” facial injury, no timetable for return 5
- Grizzlies start fast, hang on to beat Portland, take 3-0 series lead 2
- Bucks outwork Bulls, stay alive on Jerryd Bayless game-winner 6
- Nets use 18-0 second-half run to secure Game 3 victory over Hawks 6
- Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle fined $25K for publicly criticizing officials after Game 3 loss to Rockets 10