Hours after Dwyane Wade pulled out of the NBA All-Star game and lobbied for Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Knight, league commissioner Adam Silver selected Atlanta’s Kyle Korver to take Wade’s place on the Eastern Conference team.
Knight was hoping to become the Bucks’ first representative in the All-Star game in 11 years. The last Bucks player to play in the game was Michael Redd in 2004.
Korver is the fourth Atlanta Hawks player to be selected for the Feb. 15th game at Madison Square Garden. He is hitting 51.6% from the field, 52.8% from three-point range and 92% from the free-throw line.
Knight leads the Bucks in scoring (17.7 pts) and assists (5.4) this season.
Knight is scheduled to compete in the skills challenge on Saturday night.
The league may have to make one more change before the weekend. Chicago’s Jimmy Butler hurt his shoulder in last nights game against Sacramento and didn’t play in the second half. If he doesn’t play in the All-Star game, the Silver will have to make another change, perhaps this time giving Brandon Knight the nod.