Giannis Antetokounmpo was disappointed to have to leave the All-Star Game inside a minute but explained it was a "mature decision".
Team Giannis beat Team LeBron 184-175 in Salt Lake City on Sunday but did so without their captain, who scored a single basket before stepping out.
Antetokounmpo entered the game already carrying a wrist injury, which he sustained in the Milwaukee Bucks' win over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.
Reports after the All-Star Game said the two-time MVP was to travel to New York the following day for further testing on his right wrist.
Antetokounmpo, wearing strapping on his wrist, added: "I'm taking it day by day, trying to get healthy.
"Obviously, I had the incident three days ago. I don't think it's smart in any way to play a lot of minutes in the All-Star Game.
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"Obviously, you want to participate, you want to run up and down, joke around, have some dunks, create some work.
"But at the end of the day, I feel you also have to be mature. It was a hard decision but mature decision to take a break here, take care of it, and hopefully I can be available for my team when they need me."
The Bucks are half a game back from the Boston Celtics at the top of the Eastern Conference.