Anthony Davis to double up in All-Star game as Kobe steps out

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They won't be teammates in NOLA (©GettyImages)
They won't be teammates in NOLA (©GettyImages).

As we all had suspected for some time, Kobe Bryant will not play in the 2014 All-Star game.

Bryant had asked fans not to vote for him when the selection process was ongoing earlier this year, and after being selected had raised doubts about whether he would participate in the New Orleans match up.

His space on the Western Conference roster will be filled by New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis.

As reported by the Pelicans' official website, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver has selected the forward/center to take part in the game which is set to take place in Davis' franchise city.

This will be the 2012 first overall draft pick's first All-Star appearance, with the player also scheduled to play in the Rising Star rookie-sophomore game. 

He becomes the tenth franchise player to gain All-Star representation.

Davis is leading the league in blocks this season (3.3 pg), whilst averaging 20.5 points in his second season in the NBA.

Kobe meanwhile will no doubt continue his rehabilitation as he looks to recover from a knee injury which has kept him out of all but six games for the Lakers this season.

The NBA All-Star weekend begins February 14 in New Orleans. 

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