Posted Jan 24, 2013 8:08 PM
NEW YORK -- The San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan and the Miami Heat's Chris Bosh headline the list of 14 players that have been selected by the coaches as reserves for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, the NBA announced today. Duncan earns his 14th selection, trailing only the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (15) and the Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett (15) among active players, while Bosh secures his eighth trip to the All-Star Game in 10 NBA seasons.
The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 (8 p.m. ET), televised exclusively on TNT and broadcast exclusively on ESPN Radio in the U.S. The All-Star Game will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.
Five first-time All-Stars join Bosh as reserves in the East: Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks), Paul George (Indiana Pacers), Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia 76ers), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls). The Bulls' Luol Deng, making his second consecutive All-Star appearance, rounds out the East reserves.
Joining Duncan as reserves in the West are LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers), James Harden (Houston Rockets), David Lee (Golden State Warriors), Tony Parker (Spurs), Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies) and Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder). It's the first selection for Harden, in his first season with the Rockets. It's the second All-Star nod for Lee, Randolph and Aldridge, while Westbrook earns his third consecutive trip to the All-Star Game. Parker is an All-Star for the fifth time in his career.
Selected to start in the East -- through the 2013 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint -- were Rajon Rondo (Celtics), Dwyane Wade (Heat), LeBron James (Heat), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks) and Garnett (Celtics). Voted to start in the West were Chris Paul (Los Angeles Clippers), Bryant (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Thunder), Blake Griffin (Clippers) and Dwight Howard (Lakers). This year's All-Star roster features 10 players who did not take part in the game last year.
NBA Commissioner David Stern will select the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game. If the injured player is a starter, the head coach of that team will determine who replaces him in the starting lineup.
The 14 players selected were chosen by the 30 NBA head coaches, who were asked to vote for seven players in their respective conferences -- two guards, three frontcourt players and two players regardless of position. They were not permitted to vote for players from their own team.
The East and West All-Star coaches and coaching staffs will be determined by the best record in the conference through games played Sunday, Feb. 3. The Bulls' Tom Thibodeau and the Thunder's Scott Brooks coached the East and West squads, respectively, last season and are therefore ineligible for the honor this year.
NBA All-Star 2013 in Houston will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league's history for a global celebration of the game. The 62nd NBA All-Star Game, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Toyota Center, will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages. TNT will televise the All-Star Game for an 11th consecutive year, marking Turner Sports' 29th year of All-Star coverage. State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature Sears Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and Sprite Slam Dunk. Other events at NBA All-Star 2013 will include the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, NBA Development League All-Star Game, Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and NBA All-Star Jam Session. Houston also hosted NBA All-Star in 2006 and 1989.
*Carmelo Anthony (New York)
Chris Bosh (Miami)
#Tyson Chandler (New York)
Luol Deng (Chicago)
*Kevin Garnett (Boston)
#Paul George (Indiana)
#Jrue Holiday (Philadelphia)
#Kyrie Irving (Cleveland)
*LeBron James (Miami)
#Joakim Noah (Chicago)
*Rajon Rondo (Boston)
*Dwyane Wade (Miami)
LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland)
*Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
Tim Duncan (San Antonio)
*Kevin Durant (OKC)
*Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers)
#James Harden (Houston)
*Dwight Howard (L.A. Lakers)
David Lee (Golden State)
Tony Parker (San Antonio)
*Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers)
Zach Randolph (Memphis)
Russell Westbrook (OKC)
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