Ben Simmons' All Star hopes given second lease of life

John Wall to miss 6 weeks and All-Star Game with knee surgery, per report

The Detroit Pistons center has been named by NBA commissioner Adam Silver to replace the Wizards point guard on Team LeBron in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Currently, the Hornets have no representative in the All-Star Weekend activities, which include a Rising Stars game (for players in their first or second National Basketball Association season), a Saturday-night skills competition, and the Sunday All-Star Game at Staples Center.

Out of all players, Dragic's team has the better record. James and Westbrook are also the only two players to do that for a full season at all in the last 10 years.

Alas, Detroit big man Andre Drummond was given the nod, and deservingly so.

"No [t] sure why Jaylen brown is confused", he wrote. It went down as a loss for the team but Drummond can't take the blame for that as he went off for 30 points, 24 rebounds, six blocks, four assists and three steals. "Got a lot of respect for Ben, his time is coming sooner than he knows".

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After Drummond was initially left out of this year's All-Star game, he posted to his Twitter account: "Guess I gotta start doing back flips after every point I score to get attention around here!"

Simmons is having an impressive season in his own right.

Simmons' main competition for that final All-Star roster spot appears to be Heat point guard Goran Dragic and Hornets PG Kemba Walker. He last week selected Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George to replace sidelined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins.

Wall missed Saturday's game against Atlanta to visit Dr. Richard D. Parker in Cleveland for a second opinion on his knees, which led to his decision to undergo surgery.

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