By Shannon Carlin
Pharrell will kick off the game in New Orleans, playing with “surprise chart-topping musical guests” while the game’s players are being introduced. One player, who if he gets his wish, won’t hear his name called though is Kobe Bryant.
According to CBS Sports, the L.A. Laker announced that since he only played in six of the first 43 games this season he did not feel that he deserved a starting position at the game.
“With all due respect to the fans that voted me in, I certainly appreciate that, they know how much I appreciate that, but you got to do the right thing as well,” Bryant said. “My fans know you got to reward these young guys for the work that they’ve been putting in.”
Kendrick is tasked with performing the night before at the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. K. Dot’s performance will air live on Feb. 15 on TNT.
The 63rd annual NBA All-Star Game airs Feb. 16 at 8 pm EST on TNT.