NEW YORK — A couple of weeks ago, we posed the rhetorical question: Where will Adam Silver be hated first?
And now we have our answer: In the Eastern European country of Slovenia, and in the American city of Phoenix.
Silver on Friday chose New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis to replace injured West All-Star Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans. Davis, who will make his first All-Star Game appearance, is averaging 20.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and an NBA-leading 3.3 blocks in 40 games for the Pelicans.
Davis got the nod over Suns guard Goran Dragic, who has led the Suns to a 29-20 record entering Friday night’s games — good enough for seventh place in the deep Western Conference. Dragic, who was named Player of the Week on Monday, is averaging 20.1 points and is shooting above 50 percent from the field — a rarity for a guard.
As gaudy as Davis’ numbers have been, the Pelicans are six games under .500 and have virtually no chance of qualifying for the postseason.
Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks, who earned the right to coach the West squad by virtue of the Thunder clinching the best record in the conference through games played Feb. 6, will determine who replaces Bryant in the starting lineup.