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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
 
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.
Comments

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:38 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

the true basketball Timberwolves fans would rather watch ricky rubio over chris paul anyday.

There.  Fixed it for you. 


I've never been a Chris Paul fan.  Now I've seen him play in LA this year and figured out why all the vets love this guy.  He's a true floor general who can gets his teammates involved first, but can get his own shot (and convert) when he wants.  Love Rubio's game, but his floor game still has a lot of maturing to do.

    



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2012 3:33 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

Hey Hawkman, you have a manly crush on LeJames?





Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:57 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

have to agree, chris bosh is far from the best power forawrd in the league. he clearly having a bad year. he only averaging less than nine rebounds per game. lol, if thats the east can do, they are in trouble.  chris bosh is also over rated.  the true basketball fans would rather watch ricky rubio over chris paul anyday.  letting fans vote is absurb, its always a popularity contest.



Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2012 2:44 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

GOOD for Boston......frankly, Pierce should bow out and stay home to rest up with his teamates Allen and Garnett.....



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:37 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

How did James do more? 1 finals appearance and swept?



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:27 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

Chris Bosh is NOT an All-Star

Right, the East's highest-scoring PF, who is 5th at his position in rebounding, plays solid defense, and shoots well from the floor and the line, is NOT an all-star.....because you don't like him.  Bosh is the best at his position in the East.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:19 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

It's not Rose's fault, he can't win a game at the end by himself when the Heat throw double teams at him because there was no second option to dish off to.  Deng is good on the wing but he can't create as well on his own.  In case you didn't notice, LeBron has Wade and Bosh to defer to and he doesn't exactly take over at the end of games.  Give D. Rose those two guys and James none of them and it's not even a contest.

Oh, please.  When Rose was going off in the playoffs against the Heat, Spoelstra switch James onto Rose and shut him down.  James also hit every clutch shot against Boston in the playoffs and several against Chicago.  James had a much worse supporting cast than Rose in Cleveland and did more with them.  You're right....it's not even a contest.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:16 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

kevin love, ricky rubio, and perhaps nicolas pekovic if he continues to put up  double doubles at center.



I don't see Rubio jumping over the PG in the west as early as next season.  Pekovic?  That's bold talk for a guy with a total of 5 double-doubles in his career.   



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:06 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

chris paul is over rated



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2012 1:00 pm
 

2012 NBA East, West All-Star teams announced

Agree that Love will be an all star for awhile, Rubio is iffy over Paul and Westbrook, Petrovic no way.


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