Both Brittney Griner and top vote getter Elena Delle-Donne will be unable to participate in the 2013 WNBA All-Star game on Saturday, July 27th. Griner, who has been dealing with a sprained knee, will not be playing in the game, but is in Connecticut for the festivities. Delle-Donne suffered a concussion in the third quarter of Wednesday's game against Washington.
"It's unfortunate that I am unable to be a part of All-Star weekend," the Chicago Sky rookie said. "It's upsetting not only for me but also for the fans who voted for me."
As the media has paid close attention to, Delle-Donne received the most votes for the All-Star game than any other player. It's the first time in WNBA history where a rookie has received the most votes. Los Angelos forward Candace Parker was second in votes received with 33,810, nearly 2,000 votes less than Delle-Donne's 35,626. Now the honorary All-Star will stay in Chicago in order to prepare for the second half of the season.
"The most important thing for me at this time is to rest and recover." Delle-Donne shared.
If both Griner and Delle-Donne were able to participate, they would become the first two rookies to start together in the All-Star Game in WNBA history. The last two rookies to start together were Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings in 2002. But unlike Griner and Delle-Donne, Bird and Catchings were not from the same draft class. Catchings missed her rookie season in 2001 with a knee injury.
It was announced that veteran Tina Thompson will replace Griner for the West while Erica de Souza will replace Delle-Donne for the East.
Catch the WNBA All-Star Games tomorrow, July 27th on ABC at 3:30pm ET.