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Kobe, Iverson out for All-Star (UPDATE)

Posted on: February 11, 2010 5:18 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2010 6:33 pm
 
DALLAS -- Kobe Bryant's injured ankle will keep him out of Sunday's All-Star Game, with hometown point guard Jason Kidd replacing him for the West. Allen Iverson also will miss the game while he tends to his ill daughter, replaced by David Lee.

Bryant, who tied Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Kevin Garnett, and John Havlicek for the third-most All-Star selections with 13, missed the Lakers' last three games before the break with an assortment of injuries. A sprained left ankle is what KO'd him for Sunday.

Kidd's selection means that Golden State's Monta Ellis gets snubbed for the third time. Chauncey Billups and Chris Kaman were previously picked as injury replacements over the Warriors' guard, who is sixth in the league in scoring.

Iverson, an 11-time All-Star, has been out since Feb. 3 to deal with his daughter's undisclosed health issues. Lee, a first-time All-Star having the best season of his career, gives the Knicks their first All-Star selection since 2001. Lee was named MVP of the rookie challenge in 2007.

East coach Stan Van Gundy and West coach George Karl will decide who replaces Bryant and Iverson in the starting lineups.

The NBA's official All-Star roster denotes starters with an asterisk (*) and injury replacements with an ampersand (&). Allow me to suggest using the asterisk for Kidd, whose appointment to the West squad was as much about the weather as anything else. Dallas was beseiged by a persistent snowstorm Thursday, with 7-9 inches predicted before it's over. Kidd, reportedly in Phoenix, will thus have a shot at actually making it to Dallas by Sunday.

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jim84
Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 7:11 pm
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Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2010 6:17 pm
 

Kobe, Iverson out for All-Star (UPDATE)

Not a great argument I must admit. Ellis is the highest scorer in the league not in the All star game and has played on a team without much help around him. If you look at his shooting percentages they are actually very high for a guard. The biggest difference in his scoring and Melos and Bryant is he doesn't get to the line 11 times a game, which is paritally because he doesn't get the "superstar" calls. Golden State has lost Wright, Azabuike, and Raja Bell for the season and Biedrins, Turiaf, Watson, and Randolph have all missed or will miss half of their seasons. So 7 of what would be the warriors 12 man roster will have missed half or more of the season, including 3 starters and every big man they have. So it begs the question whether it's harder to excel when you have no help or lots of help. If you watched the Warriors play, which most people haven't this year you would see that they have actually play fairly competitively in most of their games and look nothing like the 20 win teams of 5-10 years ago. Ellis has excelled in a terrible situation and is the best player not on the all star roster without question.



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Kobe, Iverson out for All-Star (UPDATE)

Ok, so we replace Iverson with...a forward.  Now there are only three guards on the East roster, and one of them (Rose) is hobbled.  That makes sense.



Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2010 6:06 pm
 

Kobe, Iverson out for All-Star (UPDATE)

Moron  - You can barely write a sentence.  Kidd is 2nd in all time assists and  3x doubles.  He has a great view of the floor and makes the game exciting. Kidd  will be in the hall of fame while you sit behind your computer unemployed.  Kidd was great when he played for Cal and he's great now but he's the same age as your parents when they learned to read.



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2010 6:01 pm
 

Kobe, Iverson out for All-Star (UPDATE)

At least they got 1 out of the two right. David Lee deserved to be an All-Star to begin with. Picking Al Horford was just plain ignorant. Kidd was a good all-star for several years, but Ellis is more deserving of it this season. Another blunder. Hopefully someone else will get injured for the West team and Ellis gets added on. Can't believe after all these years, the knuckleheads who choose injury replacements still can't get it right.




Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 6:01 pm
 

Kobe, Iverson out for All-Star (UPDATE)

You realize that Monta Ellis is injured, right?



Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 5:57 pm
 

Kobe, Iverson out for All-Star (UPDATE)

Monta Ellis is on a very bad team and he is a product of that system.  He averages that many points because the Warriors don't care about defense and they have more possessions during the game.  Kidd is the leader of a team that is in the playoffs.  Also, Ellis didn't play last game, so the league doesnt' know if he would even be available for the all-star game.



Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2010 5:53 pm
 

Kobe, Iverson out for All-Star (UPDATE)

The 76er's have been playing much better team basketball without Iverson.  They have a winning record since he has taken a leave to care for his daughter.  Not saying he is a bad guy because I like A.I but just saying.....


jim84
Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 5:52 pm
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Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2010 5:48 pm
 

Kobe, Iverson out for All-Star (UPDATE)

Absolutely NO WAY that Jason Kidd deserves to be an All-Star.  What a joke.


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