By Annie Ross
Sixers center 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’s Alex Abrines will replace Embiid on the World Team for Friday night’s Rising Stars game. Denver’s Nikola Jokic will take Embiid’s spot in the Skills Challenge on Saturday night.
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.