Bryant, Iverson out of NBA All-Star Game

Feb. 11, 2010 at 8:06 PM
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NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Veteran guards Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson will miss this weekend's NBA All-Star Game in Arlington, Texas, Commissioner David Stern announced Thursday.

Both would have been starters -- Bryant for the West and Iverson for the East. Stern named Dallas guard Jason Kidd (West) and New York forward David Lee (East) to replace Bryant and Iverson.

Bryant, the league's fourth-leading scorer at 28 points per game, has missed the Los Angeles Lakers' last three games with a left ankle sprain.

Iverson, 33, missed the last three games with the 76ers and will be out until after the all-star break to be with his ill daughter. Iverson has averaged just 14.4 points in 25 games since he returned to Philadelphia in December after being released by the Memphis Grizzlies.

He received more than 1 million votes in fan balloting to be a starter for the Eastern Conference.

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