Iverson won't play in All-Star Game

Allen Iverson will miss Sunday's All-Star Game due to personal reasons. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )


Allen Iverson will not play in his 11th straight NBA All-Star Game on Sunday in Dallas.

Family matters come first.

A source familiar with the 76ers and Iverson’s situation indicated that Iverson’s 3-year-old daughter, who has been ill, has developed additional problems. Iverson, who had intended to be in Dallas by Friday, made the decision today to remain with his family in Atlanta.

It remains unclear whether this will impact his plan to rejoin the Sixers next Tuesday night when they face the Miami Heat in the Wachovia Center.

"Allen has to take care of business at home, that’s the mosdt important thing," Sixers president/general manager Ed Stefanski said. "And that’s what he should be doing."

Commissioner David Stern replaced Iverson on the Eastern Conference roster with the New York Knicks’ David Lee. At the same time, Stern named Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Kidd to the Western Conference roster, replacing the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, who has been struggling with an ankle injury.

Kidd, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, will be appearing in his 10th All-Star Game. Lee, who has racked up 30 double-doubles in points and rebounds for the Knicks, will be making his All-Star debut.