James Harden expected to start for Kobe Bryant in 2014 NBA All-Star game

Feb 1, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets shooting guard James Harden (13) brings the ball up the court during the first quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Cavaliers 106-92. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

With Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant unable to participate in the 2014 NBA All-Star game, head coach Scott Brooks will need to name a replacement.

That replacement is likely to be Houston Rockets guard James Harden, this according to Yahoo Sports.

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.

Former Harden teammate Kevin Durant will take the honors at small forward while Blake Griffin and Kevin Love handle the big man duties.

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.

Topics: 2014 NBA All-Star Game, Houston Rockets, James Harden

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