Tim Polzer
Friday February 14th, 2014

Foot soreness has been plaguing James Harden all season. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) James Harden reportedly will make his first All-Star start. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Rockets guard James Harden will replace injured Lakers guard Kobe Bryant as a Western Conference All-Star starter, according to Yahoo Sports.

Bryant (988,884 votes) and Warriors guard Stephen Curry (1,047,281 votes) were voted the West's starting guard in fan balloting. But Bryant will not play due to a knee injury that's kept him sidelined since Dec. 17. Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was selected by the NBA to replace Bryant on the West roster last week.

Western Conference coach Scott Brooks had Harden with the Thunder from 2009-12 before the shooting guard was traded to the Rockets.

GOLLIVER: Greatest dunk contest participants who never won It will be Harden's first start and his second All-Star appearance. He's averaging 23.9 points, 5.3 assists and 4.7 rebounds for the Rockets this season.

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