Bryant Ruled Out Of All-Star Game

The Lakers said Tuesday that Kobe Bryant continues to be bothered by pain and swelling in his left knee and that he will not even be re-examined for three more weeks, another blow to a team in free fall as well as essentially knocking Bryant from the Feb. 16 All-Star Game.

Bryant was examined by team physician Dr. Steve Lombardo before the game against the Pacers in Los Angeles. The update that followed said Bryant “will continue with a program of non-weight bearing exercise, consisting mostly of working out on a stationary bike” and that, under the new timeline, it is possible playing in late-February just became a best-case scenario for a return to the lineup.

Bryant received more votes than any Western Conference guard in fan balloting to determine the starting lineups, more than anyone in the East backcourt as well, and the second-most support in the West behind Kevin Durant. If Thursday’s diagnosis holds and there is no miracle cure in the recovery from the fractured knee, a commissioner, likely the incoming Adam Silver and not the outgoing David Stern, would select the roster replacement for the mid-season showcase in New Orleans. The West coach, Scott Brooks, would decide on the new opening lineup.

The roster will not be filled out until the reserves for both teams, chosen by coaches voting for their respective conference, is announced Thursday. Once it is known who has made the West squad and who was left off, league officials will know the candidates to replace Bryant.

Bryant has played six games, missing the start of the season while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon, coming back Dec. 8, and then hurting the knee. The Lakers, 10-9 without him the first time and proud of their resiliency amid a torrential downpour of health problems, have crumbled in their superstar’s second absence, at 16-29 heading into Tuesday against the Pacers and just a half-game ahead of the Kings for last place in the conference.

Brooks’ spot was clinched Tuesday when the Trail Blazers lost, eliminating Terry Stotts from consideration and sending the Thunder staff to New Orleans.

11 Comments

  1. Dee says:

    Anthony Davis will be the best fit the west only has two big men

  2. toki says:

    great now go and pick anthony davis for the last reserve spot and have cp3 replace kobe in the starting lineup…

  3. lantz says:

    Give his spot to lance Stephenson…he better than Bryant….anyway

  4. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    How does Bryant go from being a 30,000 point career total … to forgetting how to play basketball? What a dorky tree-bark!

    I’m starting to wonder if his career record was rigged. His stats show his first 2 full NBA seasons were awful. Low PPG clips. Interesting. Maybe they need to investigate this. Cooking the books? :-)

    • JGoogles says:

      Josh seriously? I agree to your point about only playing 6 games and being selected as an ALL STAR but forgetting how to play basketball? How about you try and injure your Achilles Tendon and come back to your full potential? Then we’ll talk. And career being rigged? I think Magic and Jordan need to school you on NBA stats.

  5. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    Why is this even news? He never deserved any All Star votes for playing only 6 games. Let’s get out of here before one of these geezers has a heart attack. Why would I tweezer my fart-crack? HAHAHHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAH!!

  6. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    He only played 6 games. Isn’t there some requirement to be voted to the All Star team? At least 30 games played to be eligible?

  7. Joshua Greenfarb says:

    Not to be re-examined for 3 more weeks?

    Translation: Bryant is out 3 months. He may never be 100% at the NBA level ever again.

  8. Rockets Man says:

    Give his spot to James Harden!

  9. OKC2014 says:

    WOW……This is crippling news for Kobe Bryant, the Lakers, the 2014 All-Stars, and more than anyone, Lakers management. Not good. I’m starting to lean strongly with the sentiment that “Kobe should heal and return next season”. If his knee isn’t healing properly, why would he jeopardize his health further by returning to the the court for MAYBE a March return? That’s silly, only 2 months left in the season. Look at the slow pace it’s taking Rondo to get back in the groove of things. And look what happened to Derrick Rose. I also agree that Kobe could be using his time even more wisely, by wooing a fantastic free agent, like Carmello Anthony to play next season. Nobody, who is remotely good, is going to be able to be enticed to want to play for the Lakers AS IS. This is a train wreck team right now, with a suspect coach. Lakers need to totally rebuild. Or maybe Kobe needs to retire? Something has gotta give here. I’m not a Lakers fan, but at this point, I’ve got some empathy. This can happen to any team.