February 14, 2014 |
James Harden will start in the backcourt for the Western Conference All-Star team, replacing Kobe Bryant, who will sit out the game Sunday with a knee injury. West coach Scott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder) made his selection on Friday, picking his former guard Harden, who spent three seasons with the Thunder before a 2012 trade to the Houston Rockets. Bryant was injured on Dec. 17 in Memphis, suffering a fracture of his lateral tibial plateau in his left knee. After missing the start of the season while recovering from an Achilles tear, Bryant got through just six games before suffering another injury.
January 30, 2014 |
The Lakers will be represented at the NBA All-Star game, but not on the court. Kobe Bryant was recently voted in by the fans as a starter but a knee injury will force him to sit out on Feb. 16. No other Lakers were named to the Western Conference squad, including four-time All-Star Pau Gasol. Instead, the Western Conference will be represented by Chris Paul (Clippers), Dwight Howard and James Harden (both with the Houston Rockets), LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard (Portland Trail Blazers)
January 23, 2014 |
MIAMI -- Kobe Bryant kept asking people to vote for someone besides him for the All-Star game. So when the votes were tallied and he was announced a starter Thursday , he didn't exactly celebrate. Bryant said it was "always a tremendous honor" to be selected to the All-Star game but added that, uh, he had no desire to play in it. "No, I don't think so," he said flatly. How come? "With all due respect to the fans who voted me in, and I certainly appreciate that ... but you've got to do the right thing as well.
January 18, 2014 |
NEW YORK - When the Clippers called Hedo Turkoglu and expressed interest in him, the free-agent forward said he knew it was the place he wanted to be. Turkoglu had spent 12 years in the NBA and had reached the NBA Finals with the Orlando Magic in 2009, losing to the Lakers. So by signing with the Clippers on Thursday, Turkoglu felt he might get an opportunity to win a title. "Well, if you look at it, they are a great team," Turkoglu said. "They have a lot of great players.
January 16, 2014 |
Adidas and the NBA have unveiled the 2014 NBA All-Star game uniforms, which will be short-sleeved jerseys in vibrant colors with unique decals honoring New Orleans, the host city. An official release on NBA.com said "the uniforms are inspired by New Orleans' rich and unique culture, featuring vibrant Mardi Gras colors and shiny brass and silver accents on a short-sleeved silhouette. The NBA All-Star logo appears on the chest of the blue 'East' and red 'West' jerseys in the shape of the fleur-de-lis, the official symbol of Louisiana, with a purple 'W' or green 'E' cut out to identify the conference of each player.
January 5, 2014 |
Kobe Bryant isn't sure he should be selected to play in the 2013-14 All-Star game. "I probably won't be able to come back soon enough to be able to make my stamp or my mark on the game," Bryant said before the Lakers played the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night. "My advice would be to vote for some of the younger players, the Damian Lillards of the world, because they're more than deserving to be out there and play during that weekend. " By last count, the NBA had Bryant as the leading vote-getter to start for the Western Conference squad, with 723,031.