Kobe out of All Star game


DALLAS, February 12- Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Philadelphia's Allen Iverson won't play in the All-Star game on Sunday, the NBA said Thursday.
Bryant, who has missed three games with a left ankle injury, will be replaced by Dallas point guard Jason Kidd on the Western Conference roster.

Iverson’s place in the Eastern Conference will be filled by New York forward David Lee.

Bryant missed his third consecutive game on Wednesday, although the Lakers won at Utah without him.

Bryant sprained his ankle on January 29 in Philadelphia, and the injury was aggravated days later when teammate Lamar Odom stepped on his foot in a game.

Iverson missed his fifth straight game for the 76ers on Wednesday to be with his sick daughter.

Kidd will be making his 10th All-Star appearance, while Lee is a first-time All-Star.

The coaches will decide which players will replace Bryant and Iverson in the starting lineups.

Orlando’s Stan Van Gundy will coach the Eastern Conference team for the midseason exhibition while Denver’s George Karl will coach the West.