NEW ORLEANS --Philadelphia 76erscenter Joel Embiid will not participate in the Rising Stars Challenge or the Skills Challenge during NBA All-Star Weekend because of an injured left knee.
Oklahoma City'sAlex Abrines will replace Embiid on the World Team for Friday night's Rising Stars game.Denver'sNikola Jokic will take Embiid's spot in the Skills Challenge on Saturday night.
The NBA announced the selections Wednesday.
Jokic was already headed to All-Star Weekend to play in the Rising Stars game. Embiid has not played since Jan. 20 because of the knee problem.
The league has not yet announced who will replace injuredCleveland Cavaliersforward Kevin Love on the Eastern Conference roster for the All-Star Game on Sunday.
Joel Embiid out of All-Star Weekend events with injured knee