Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be replaced by Houston Rockets guard James Harden in Sunday’s All-Star Game, Yahoo Sports reported Friday.
Bryant was voted in by fans as a starter for the West’s squad but is unable to play because of knee injury. Instead, Harden will reportedly start in his place. Bryant has been out since Dec. 17.
Harden was chosen by Oklahoma City Thunder’s Scott Brooks, who is coaching the West All-Stars.
Bryant received 988,884 votes, second among guards to Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry’s 1,047,281 votes.
Harden, who is averaging 23.9 points, 5.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game this season, will make his second All-Star appearance.
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