Bryant and Iverson to miss All-Star game

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DALLAS (Reuters) - An ankle injury will keep Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant out of Sunday's NBA All-Star Game at Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the league said Thursday.

Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson will also miss because of "personal reasons," the NBA said on its website (, without elaborating.

Bryant will be replaced on the West squad by Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd, while New York Knicks forward David Lee will take Iverson's spot on the East roster.

The game's coaches, George Karl for the West and Stan Van Gundy for the East, will determine which players start for Bryant and Iverson.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina. Editing by Ian Ransom; To query or comment on this story email