Injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will be replaced as a Western Conference All-Star starter by Houston Rockets guard James Harden, a source told Yahoo Sports.
Starting in the backcourt with Harden will be Golden State Warriors gunner Stephen Curry.
Kobe’s actual All-Star game replacement, Anthony Davis of the host New Orleans Pelicans, will come off the bench.
Fans vote the All-Star game starters however when a player is forced to miss the game to injury, the head coach will decide who takes over his starting spot. If a player is to miss the game entirely, his replacement will be selected by the NBA Commissioner.