Originally created 02/08/02

O'Neal to miss NBA All-Star game again



LOS ANGELES -- Shaquille O'Neal will sit out the NBA All-Star game because of arthritis in his right big toe.

O'Neal, who missed the Los Angeles Lakers' loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, was replaced on the Western Conference team by Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Brand, in his third year in the league, will be making his first All-Star appearance. He's also the first Clippers player in the All-Star game since Danny Manning in 1994.

O'Neal missed last year's All-Star game with an inflamed arch on his right foot.

He received the second-most votes of any player, 1,247,438, in fan balloting for this year's game, which is Sunday in Philadelphia.