AP-- Philadelphia 76ers standouts Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons won't play in the NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta because of a coronavirus contact tracing issue. Embiid would have been a starter for Team Durant, which will be coached by 76ers coach Doc Rivers.
Simmons was to have been a reserve for Team LeBron. The league announced the players were ruled out about eight hours before tipoff.
New Orleans’ Zion Williamson will start in Embiid’s place.
A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the contact was with a barber who is regularly tested for COVID-19 and often works with Embiid and Simmons.