Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has made one thing clear this season – he doesn’t want to participate in the 2014 NBA All-Star game.
Bryant has suggested multiple times he’d rather see younger stars take his spot – suggesting they deserve it more than he. And he’d be correct of course, considering Bryant has only played in a handful of games this year. However, according to Pro Basketball Talk, the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement states that if a player is voted into the All-Star game by fans and he’s healthy, he must play.
The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement says that if a player is voted in by the fans and is healthy enough to play for his team in games before or after the All-Star break, he has to play.
That’s pretty big news considering the Los Angeles Lakers expect Bryant to return before the All-Star game which is scheduled to take place in New Orleans on February 16th.
If Bryant returns to the Lakers prior to the All-Star game, the most likely scenario is he’ll show up and play a limited stretch of minutes to fulfill his legal obligation.