KEY POINTS

  • Booker plans to get off the grid this NBA All-Star weekend
  • Booker is making no promises of replacing Lillard
  • Booker hoped to re-energize after a stressful couple of weeks

Devin Booker was not among the players selected to play in the NBA All-Star game, something that critics questioned. Considering his stellar performance this season, being left out was something most were left befuddled.

Regardless, the Phoenix Suns star guard seems to have taken it all with stride. In fact, he already had plans for All-Star weekend, a time where he plans to take a break and relax. Aside from playing his best, it has been a stressful time for the 23-year-old guard so a break could do him some good. The Suns hold low chances of making it past the regular season but it seems to hardly matter for Booker. He plans to continue to play at the top of his game, something he showed in their last match against the Golden State Warriors.

“Getting away from basketball, spending some time with my family and friends. Unsure of our destination yet but might just disappear off the grid for a little bit,” Booker said during a media scrum.

However, these plans were before Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers got injured. Lillard hurt his groin and is unlikely to be available at the NBA All-Star Game. However, he said that  Booker should be under consideration to take his place, NBC Sports Northwest. It did not take long for reporters to ask Booker how he felt about it.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” the 6-foot-5 guard replied when asked if he would accept an invite to the All-Star game. “(The) plan is to take off tomorrow morning to my off-the-grid destination, so we’ll see.”

This season, Booker has played in 51 games averaging 26.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.3 assists. With career-high numbers, the process of selecting players for the NBA All-Star game has come under fire yet again. However, it remains that with the vast amount of talent the league has today, some are likely to be left out. There is no telling if Booker took offense with the snub but it appears he has moved on with personal plans of his own. The only question up in the air right now is whether those plans would stick or not, especially if an invite to replace Lillard does come his way.

Devin Booker Phoenix Suns Luka Doncic Dallas Mavericks Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns drives to the basket against Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks in the first quarter at American Airlines Center on January 28, 2020 in Dallas, Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images