Kobe Bryant won’t be throwing on a Western conference All-Stars uniform this year because of a hurt ankle.

B-ball fans can wonder no more whether Kobe Bryant will play in this weekend’s All-Star game.

That’s because Thursday the NBA announced that Bryant would not play because of a sprained left ankle.

The Lakers guard will be replaced by Dallas veteran Jason Kidd.

Bryant has missed the Lakers’ last three games and did not speak with reporters about his All-Star status after sitting out a victory over Utah on Wednesday.

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