Anthony Davis and his bum right shoulder are out of action this weekend in NYC, and Dirk Nowitzki has been named as his All-Star replacement by the NBA.
Davis is suffering from a shoulder sprain following a nasty fall last weekend against the Chicago Bulls.
From the press releases:
“After careful thought and consideration, I’ve decided I will not be participating in this year’s NBA All-Star competitions,” Davis said. “I want to thank the fans for voting me into the All-Star game and I am sorry I will not be able to play. While I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to compete this weekend, I’m still very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the All-Star events in New York and celebrate our game with some of the NBA’s greatest figures. More than anything, I am anxious to get healthy and back on the court with my teammates after the All-Star break.”
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Western Conference All-Star Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Nowitzki, who has posted averages of 18.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in his 17th NBA season, will be making his 13th All-Star appearance. The highest-scoring player born outside the United States in NBA history, Nowitzki surpassed Moses Malone for seventh place on the league’s all-time scoring list last month.