Kobe Bryant was voted a starter in this year's All-Star game, and agreed with the legions of people complaining about it.
"There are guys that have been out there playing extremely hard all year long," Bryant said in a brief interview clip that aired on TNT during the Lakers' Thursday night game against the Miami Heat. "Players that are very deserving of being in the All-Star game that I think should be out there playing."
Even if Bryant wanted to play, there's no guarantee that he would be back by February 16 from the leg injury that has sidelined him since December.
If he was healthy enough to play, there would be no reason for him to risk injury in a meaningless game.