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DeMarcus Cousins replaces Kobe Bryant in All-Star game

DeMarcus Cousins, Kobe Bryant

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, left, and Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant talk after the Kings beat the Lakers 108-101 in an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


Fans voted Kobe Bryant a Western Conference All-Star starter, but the Lakers guard is out for the rest of the season.

So, it fell on NBA commissioner Adam Silver to pick a replacement.

NBA release:

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Western Conference All-Star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game in New York City.

Silver must have seen Cousins’ incredible Instagram post.

Beyond giving Clay Travis a well-deserved comeuppance, Cousins is having a heck of a season on the court. Really, it shouldn’t have come to this. The coaches snubbed Cousins by not choosing him among the initial seven reserves.

This still leaves Damian Lillard in the cold, and he also deserved to make the game. I guess he’ll remain pissed off.

Honesty, I’m surprised Silver picked Cousins. Merits aside, Lillard is a marketing star and Cousins threw an opponent to the floor earlier this season. Which seems more likely to draw support from the Commissioner? With this decision, Silver is showing something about his approach.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who’s coaching the Western Conference team, will select Kobe’s replacement in the starting lineup. James Harden deserves the honor. Given Harden’s treatment of Golden State, bet on Klay Thompson.