NEW YORK -- Perennial All-Stars Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks) have been chosen as All-Stars for the 10th and 11th time, respectively, and headline the list of 14 players that have been selected by the coaches as reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA announced today.
The 2012 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live at 7 p.m. ET on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at Amway Center in Orlando on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.
Joining Pierce as reserves on the East squad are Chris Bosh (Miami Heat), Luol Deng (Chicago Bulls), Roy Hibbert (Indiana Pacers), Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers), Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks), and Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets). Deng, Hibbert and Iguodala are first-time All-Stars, while Williams earns his third trip, Johnson his sixth, and Bosh his seventh.
Nowitzki, whose 11 selections are consecutive, is joined on the West team by reserves LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies), Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves), Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns), Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder). For Aldridge and Gasol, this marks their first All-Star selection. It's the second All-Star nod for both Love and Westbrook, while Parker goes for the fourth time, and Nash, at 38 the oldest player in this year's game, is an All-Star for the eighth time.
Selected to start in the East -- through the 2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint -- were Derrick Rose (Bulls), LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (Heat), Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks), and Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic). Voted to start for the West were Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers), Blake Griffin and Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), and Kevin Durant (Thunder).
Including Bynum, this year's midseason classic will feature five first-time All-Stars. On the other end of the spectrum, Bryant ties Jerry West, Karl Malone, and Shaquille O'Neal for the most consecutive All-Star nods in NBA history with 14.
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Kobe knows the sting of Lin-sanity now! no one thought he'd put up more than 20 points last night against the Lake show, he had 20 in the second half alone on his way to 38. He certainly has electrified the Knicks with his energy. Just hope it can continue.
Loc: Wondering what has happened to...
Well all star weekend is approaching and the Knick's stand at 17-18.Go figure a unknown kid by the name of Jeremy Lin would save the coaches job , make the Knick's relevant in the media again for something other than losing ,and give the team some hope for the rest of the season.
Now it will be interesting to see what happens to the roster. I think Melo needs to go. Stoudamire was having a great year last year until Melo came, and Stats #'s this year are terrible. The team should never have traded so many guys away last year. Think of the team they'd kept Gallinari and Chandler.
Now if only James Dolan would resign as owner of the Knicks and Rangers...that would be the fantastic.