Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Allen Iverson of the Philadelphia 76ers won't play in the All-Star game this weekend.
Both former NBA MVPs were voted into the starting lineups by fans.
The NBA announced Thursday that Bryant will be replaced by Dallas point guard Jason Kidd on the Western Conference roster. Iverson's spot in the Eastern Conference will be filled by New York forward David Lee.
Bryant missed his third straight game for the lakers Wednesday night with a sore left ankle. Iverson missed his fifth straight game for the 76ers Wednesday night to be with his sick daughter.
Kidd will be making his 10th All-Star appearance, while Lee is a first-time All-Star.
HOT ROD'S MENTOR DIES: Fred Schaus, a former Los Angeles Lakers coach and general manager who mentored Jerry West and Hot Rod Hundley at West Virginia, has died. He was 84.
ROSE SHOULD BE OK: The Chicago Bulls say All-Star point guard Derrick Rose suffered "no significant injury" to his hip or lower back after a hard foul by Orlando's Dwight Howard. The team said Thursday that X-rays and an MRI revealed no major damage, one day after Rose left the game with a bruised right hip.