No Kobe, no Shaq in All-Star Game

Updated: February 15, 2010, 10:47 AM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The All-Star Game was played without both Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal for the first time since 1997.

Bryant was voted in as Western Conference starter by the fans, but he missed the game with a sore left ankle. He didn't make the squad as a rookie in 1997. This would have been Bryant's 12th straight All-Star appearance if he had played.

O'Neal was selected to the squad as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in 1997, but he did not participate in that game.

This was only the second time in O'Neal's 18-year career he wasn't chosen to play in the All-Star Game.

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