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Posted Feb 5 2009 2:26PM

NEW YORK -- Shaquille O'Neal of the hometown Phoenix Suns was named an NBA All-Star for the 15th time, as the NBA today announced the list of 14 players that have been selected by the coaches as reserves for the 2009 All-Star Game. The 58th NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 15, in Phoenix at US Airways Center.

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O'Neal's 15 All-Star selections are the second most in league history, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who received an invite 19 times during his Hall of Fame career. Joining O'Neal on the West bench are the Denver Nuggets' Chauncey Billups, the Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol, the Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki, the San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker, the Portland Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy and the New Orleans Hornets' David West.

In the Eastern Conference, three first-time selections -- Devin Harris of the New Jersey Nets, Danny Granger of the Indiana Pacers and Jameer Nelson of the Orlando Magic -- are joined by the Toronto Raptors' Chris Bosh, the Atlanta Hawks' Joe Johnson, the Magic's Rashard Lewis and the Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce. Nelson and Lewis are the lone set of teammates named as reserves, and they join Dwight Howard as the only trio of teammates on either squad.

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View photos of the Eastern Conference reserves as selected by the East's coaches. View Gallery

The 14 players selected -- seven each from the Eastern and Western Conferences -- were chosen by the 30 NBA head coaches, who were asked to vote for seven players in their respective conferences -- two guards, two forwards, one center and two players regardless of position. They were not permitted to vote for players from their own team.

Selected to start for the East -- through the 2009 NBA All-Star Balloting Program presented by T-Mobile -- were the Celtics' Kevin Garnett, the Detroit Pistons' Allen Iverson, the Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, Orlando's Howard and Miami's Dwyane Wade. The Lakers' Kobe Bryant, the Spurs' Tim Duncan, the Hornets' Chris Paul, the Suns' Amar'e Stoudemire and the Houston Rockets' Yao Ming, will start for the West.

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The selections of Gasol (Spain), Nowitzki (Germany) and Parker (France) along with voted-starters Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands) and Yao (China), gives the 2009 NBA All-Star Game five international players.

Should any player be unable to participate in the All-Star Game due to injury, NBA Commissioner David Stern will select the replacement.

Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and his coaching staff will be on the sidelines for the Western Conference All-Stars, as the Lakers previously clinched the best winning percentage through games of Feb. 1 among eligible Western Conference teams for All-Star coaching honors. The Eastern Conference coaching scenario has yet to be determined, with the staffs of the Cleveland Cavaliers (35-8, .814) and Orlando Magic (34-10, .773) still in contention. The coaching staff of either Cleveland or Orlando, depending on which owns the best winning percentage through games of Feb. 1, will lead the Eastern Conference All-Stars. Celtics head coach Doc Rivers coached the East All-Stars last year and, therefore, is not eligible to coach in this year's game.

All of this year's All-Star participants will join members of the NBA Family for the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service on Friday, Feb. 13. The volunteers will participate in one of three projects in the Phoenix community.

NBA All-Star 2009 is a week-long celebration that enables fans to experience the thrill of the world's greatest athletes playing the game they love and features a full slate of community-enhancing activities and fan festivals such as NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas.

The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15, will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio beginning at 8 p.m. ET. The game will also be telecast in over 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages and broadcast on

Fans will have the opportunity to submit their vote on and their mobile phones and have it count towards selecting the MVP of the 58th NBA All-Star Game, as a part of the site's exclusive 2009 NBA All-Star coverage.

The following lists the complete list of reserves for the East and West teams for the 2009 NBA All-Star Game at US Airways Center:

Eastern conference reserves
Player (Team) Position Height Weight College/Country
Chris Bosh (Raptors) F/C 6-10 230 Georgia Tech
Danny Granger (Pacers) F 6-8 225 New Mexico
Devin Harris (Nets) G 6-3 185 Wisconsin
Joe Johnson (Hawks) G 6-7 235 Arkansas
Rashard Lewis (Magic) F 6-10 215 Alief Elsik HS
Jameer Nelson (Magic) G 6-0 190 St. Joseph's
Paul Pierce (Celtics) F 6-7 235 Kansas
Western Conference reserves
Player (Team) Position Height Weight College/Country
Chauncey Billups (Nuggets) G 6-3 202 Colorado
Pau Gasol (Lakers) F 7-0 227 Spain
Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks) F 7-0 245 Germany
Shaquille O'Neal (Suns) C 7-1 315 LSU
Tony Parker (Spurs) G 6-2 177 France
Brandon Roy (Trail Blazers) G 6-6 211 Washington
David West (Hornets) F 6-9 240 Xavier
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