It is the ninth all-star appearance for Thompson, surpassing Lisa Leslie and Tamika Catchings, who will play in her eighth all-star game on Saturday.
Thompson has announced that she will retire at season's end.
Griner, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA draft, isn't the only high draft pick who won't be in action on Saturday. Chicago's Elena Delle Donne, the No. 3 overall pick this year and the all-star game's leading vote getter, will also miss the game with a concussion.
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