New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Houston Rockets guard James Harden will start in place of injured Kobe Bryant for the Western Conference in Sunday’s All-Star Game.
Harden, who is averaging 23.9 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Houston Rockets, will replace Bryant in the starting lineup. Bryant has not played since Dec. 17 because of a knee injury.
Despite the injury, Bryant was voted into the game as a starter, finishing second to Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry among Western Conference guards in fan balloting.
The Western Conference will be coached by Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks, who coached Harden with the Thunder from 2009 to 2012. The game will be held in New Orleans as part of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend.
Earlier, Bryant’s Western Conference roster spot was awarded to Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans.