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2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

Posted on: February 9, 2012 7:17 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 9:54 am
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Posted by Ben Golliver 

Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade will lead their respective conferences into the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. (Getty Images)

The NBA officially announced the complete 2012 Eastern Conference and Western Conference All-Star teams on Thursday.

The seven reserve spots were selected by a vote of each conference’s head coaches.

The Eastern Conference reserves: Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh, Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson, Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce, New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams, Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng and Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala.

The Western Conference reserves: Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker, Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash and Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol.

The starting lineups for both teams, selected by a fan voting process, were unveiled last week.

The Eastern Conference starting lineup: Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Heat forward LeBron James, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard.

The Western Conference starting lineup: Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Lakers center Andrew Bynum. 

The Associated Press offers the following notes and quotes on the selection.

Nowitzki was chosen Thursday to his 11th straight All-Star game, with coaches overlooking the lowest scoring average since his second NBA season in favor of his long-term excellence.

"It was a tough road back to full health for me, but I am honored that the coaches thought enough of me to make me an All-Star," Nowitzki said in a statement. "It has been a privilege to represent the Mavericks organization over the last decade and I look forward to doing it again in Orlando."

But Kevin Garnett wasn't chosen after 14 consecutive selections, and Tim Duncan was left out after 13 in a row. Other All-Star regulars such as Ray Allen and Amar'e Stoudemire will be home, giving way to five first-timers among the reserves: Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, Marc Gasol of Memphis, Andre Iguodala of Philadelphia, Indiana's Roy Hibbert, and Chicago's Luol Deng.

Age didn't stop Nash, averaging 10 assists and shooting 56 percent from the field. He became just the fourth player to earn an All-Star spot at 38 or older, joining Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Karl Malone.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at the Amway Center in Orlando on Feb. 26. Bryant will look to repeat his performance as the 2011 NBA All-Star Game MVP. Here's a look at the jerseys that will be worn during the game.

For more coverage of the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, check out CBSSports.com's NBA All-Star Game hub.
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:58 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

And speaking of John Wall, have you ever watched a Wizards game?

Yes, that's how I figured out the dude can't shoot.   It's painful to watch the team, and at times, him.  Being the best of a group that sucks doesn't make you an all-star.  Are you seriously calling the 29 and 6 anything that he achieves routinely?  Three times doesn't make it the norm.  Heck, Ramon Sessions did that and more a couple of years ago, and he was never all-star material either. 

You're arguing what you think he could do even though he's never done it.  Let him actually perform before you start trying to argue on his behalf.  Him buying a jump shot wouldn't hurt either. 

Bottom line, nobody wants a team with nothing but point guards.  Nobody wants Wade at the 3 and James at the 4 to make room for guys who aren't better than players at their own position.  You can complain about the lack of great centers, but I'd still rather see a game with an actual post presence than a bunch of 6-5 guys playing pick up ball.

Oh, and please don't refer to the "Rookie Challenge" as an all-star game.  It's a craptastic exhibition where nobody bothers with defense, and the players aren't all stars.   Sure, they use a basketball, but it's not what anyone would call a competitive basketball game.  You might as well start referring to AAU stats.  DeMarcus Cousins went 33 and 14, and DeJuan Blair went 28 and 15 in that farce of a "game" where both teams had at least 140 points.  Guess what?  They're not all-stars either.  That joke means absolutely squat.  It's beyond a joke.  There's more actual competition on any city playground.  The most disturbing part to me?  That Cousins and Wall got together pregame to discuss their priorities - and Wall's was to set the assist "record" and Cousins wanted the MVP.  I'd like to think that if they game mattered at all they would have been more concerned with winning the game than personal BS.



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:35 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

And speaking of John Wall, have you ever watched a Wizards game? His teammates are, at best, projects. Take Wall away and the Raptors, TWolves, etc. would make the Wizards look like a high school team. Have you been watching these recent games of 29 points and 6 assists? These feats are not too shabby when the defense is only worried about Wall scoring. He played one game with good players around him and he broke the all-time record for assists in a single All-star game. Give him just one finisher and he would be dominant.



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:24 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

As in my previous point, you can move players around. As mentioned, Rose and Wall could play the 2 position. I would argue that Rondo is better than Deron Williams, btw. Shouldn't the best players go to the All Star game? Carmelo and LeBron play the four position, Wade play the 3 position, etc. This is supposed to be a fun game for the fans, in which the BEST players make the team. Hibbert, Bosh, Pierce.... LOL! How horrible (for an All Star this season) some of these bench players are.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 6:01 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

HDawg, you keep proving my point.  He took a team of scrubs to the finals.  Boozer, Deng, and Noah alone are as good as James ever had in a single teammate in Cleveland.  Rose has much more talent around him and hasn't done that.  James did more with less.  He made the finals with Sasha Pavlovic and Larry Hughes starting for them.  If you weren't so obviously biased you could join the rest of the free world in recognizing the talent gap between the Rose's Bulls and the Cleveland team James had.  Those Cavs didn't have to face 3 all-stars?  No, they had to face a team that had been to 5 consecutive eastern conference finals, winning two and a championship.  And the Bulls didn't loe to a team with "3 all star starters".  Bosh wasn't a starter.  Not that that should matter since the consensus on this board is that he sucks, right?

James was 22 when he led that team to the Finals, so Rose's youth doesn't make for a good argument. 

Replace Rose with James on this Bulls team and you still have a championship contender.  Replace James with Rose on those Cavs teams and I don't think anyone can realistically say the same.

Those homer goggles are really screwing up your vision.



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 5:09 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

He went to the finals once, and didn't have to go through a team with 3 all star starters to do it. 1 finals appearance, again, how old is Rose? And again it's your opinion that the teammates were significantly worse.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:44 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

Dude, Rondo's not a bad choice, but he's missed more than a third of the season, so I get why he's not there.

John Wall?  Talk about overrated.  Dude's fast.  Unfortunately, he can't shoot and turns the ball over like he's playing for the other team.   EASILY the worst AST/TO rate among the top 15 assist guys.

But why are you trying to compare forwards and point guards?   




Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 4:25 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

So you think it's right that the group of Eastern Conference scrubs are better than Wall and Rondo? I know that point guard is the most competitive position in the East, but you can run Rose and Wall at the 2 position too. Anyone who believes Pierce or Bosh, in particular, deserves it over Rondo and Wall, is a damn fool!



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:48 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

chris bosh is far from the best power forawrd in the league.
I agree.  But if you're talking about the East, like I said, name someone who's having a better season at the position.  Stoudemire?  Uh, no.  Kris Humphries?  Puh-lease.  Anderson Varejao?  One-dimensional.  Carlos Boozer?  Probably the closest, but a sieve on defense.  Kevin Garnett?  Not this year.  Ryan Anderson?  Elton Brand?  No and no.  Chris Bosh is simply the best all-around PF in the East. 


      
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Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:42 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

HDawg, yes.  Won more games and advanced further with signicantly worse teammates. 



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:40 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

Omi, not at all.  He comes off as a complete jerk.  Just a basketball fan that prefers facts over emotion.  Thanks for asking.  That was really sweet of you.


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