Bulls’ Pau Gasol to replace Jimmy Butler in 2016 NBA All-Star Game

NEW YORK – Chicago Bulls center Pau Gasol has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace his teammate, injured Eastern Conference All-Star reserve Jimmy Butler (strained left knee), in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

This marks the sixth NBA All-Star Game selection for Gasol, who is averaging 17.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 blocks for the Bulls (27-24).

The 65th NBA All-Star Game, the first NBA All-Star Game held outside the United States, will be televised by TNT at 8 p.m. ET and broadcast by ESPN Radio.  TNT will air the All-Star Game in the U.S. for the 14th straight year, marking Turner Sports’ 31st year of NBA All-Star coverage.  Sportsnet ONE and TSN will simulcast the All-Star Game in Canada.  The game will be seen by fans in 215 countries and territories and will be heard in 49 languages.