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Lakers trying to convince NBA to let Kobe skip All-Star Game

Updated: February 15, 2008, 1:31 AM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The Los Angeles Lakers are hoping that Kobe Bryant gets clearance from the league to miss Sunday's All-Star Game in New Orleans after announcing Thursday that Bryant has a torn ligament in his right pinkie.

But Bryant doesn't yet have that clearance ... and might not get it.

A league official confirmed Thursday night that the NBA is not looking for potential replacements to fill Bryant's spot on the Western Conference squad. That's because the league office still expects Bryant ...

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