This years All-Star game will not be the same without the Black Mamba gracing us with his skills.
By staying out, he will likely be ready to play against Golden State on Tuesday. Kobe is the the third West guard to decide not to play due to injury, but he is still scheduled to travel to Dallas and take part in All-Star Weekend festivities as a spectator
Bryant, who has been the recipient of three All-Star MVP awards, has been held out of the last three games due to a sprianed ankle.
Jason Kidd of the hometown Mavericks has been tabbed to replace Bryant.