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Cousins replaces Bryant for All-Star Game

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The NBA on Friday selected Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to replace injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant for the All-Star Game.

Cousins, who many felt was snubbed when he was not picked as a reserve on Thursday, is the fourth first-time All-Star in this year’s game. He joins Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague and Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson.

Cousins, a 6-foot-11 center, is averaging 23.8 points (fifth in the NBA), 12.3 rebounds (third), 3.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 steals this season.

Cousins, 24, is the Kings’ first All-Star since 2004.

Bryant, voted a Western Conference starter for a record 17th consecutive year, is out for the season after undergoing shoulder surgery this week.

The All-Star Game is Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Alan is an expert gambling writer who works as one of the chief editors for Basketball Insiders. He has been covering online gambling and sports betting for over 8 years, having written for the likes of Sportlens,, The Sports Daily, 90min, and His particular specialisms include US online casinos and gambling regulations, and soccer and basketball betting. Based in London, Alan holds an MA in English Literature and is a passionate supporter of Chelsea FC.

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