Adam Silver surprised DeMarcus Cousins and motivated Damian Lillard and left the rest of us wondering:

How did the NBA commissioner choose the Kings center as Kobe Bryant’s All-Star injury replacement?

Silver on ESPN Radio:

I didn’t like having to make that choice, and I wish I had another slot for Damian, because I think he’s so deserving of being an All-Star as well.

I rely heavily on our basketball folks in terms of where the coaches came out. Of course, there’s a fan vote for the starters and then the coaches choose the reserves. And DeMarcus was very high up on the coaches’ vote, so that had a strong influence on me. And I think, ultimately, I deferred to them.