PHOENIX (AP) – Phoenix Suns Star Devin Booker won’t be playing in the NBA All-Star Game this weekend due to a minor sprain in his left knee, opening up space for Utahs Mike Conley to make his first all-star appearance.
The suns announced Booker’s injury on Friday. Conley will make his first appearance in the NBA in his 13th season.
Conley seemed surprised by the announcement, which came about 48 hours before Sunday’s game. The point guard posted “Lol What just happened” in response to a congratulatory message from the teammate Donovan Mitchell.
Booker was injured in the first quarter of a win over Golden State on Thursday. He seemed to bump to his knees with Kent Bazemore of Golden State and fell to the floor with a grimace on his face. He stayed in the game and finished with 16 points.
Booker was scheduled to play in his second All-Star game after joining the squad to replace an injury Los Angeles Lakers Striker Anthony Davis.
Conley’s All-Star List is a feel-good story for the seasoned point guard. The 33-year-old has routinely been in the All-Star discussion for a decade, but has always been verbally abused when duty rosters were posted.
Conley averages 16.1 points and 5.7 assists for Jazz, which has the best record in the NBA at 27-9.