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Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Johnson Lefted off All-Star Reserves
"Johnson didn't make it as a reserve for the Eastern Conference team, which was announced Thursday night. None of the Hawks' rookies or second year players will participate in the Rookie Challenge, continuing a three-year drought."
Denver Post: Melo Still Hopes To Be Among Stars
"Carmelo Anthony is the NBA's leading scorer, averaging 31.3 points, and one of the league's most popular players. There hasn't been an All-Star Game without the league's leading scorer. Anthony was not available for comment after the announcement. But following Thursday's morning practice, he said he 'truly' believed he deserved to become a first-time all-star and hoped the suspension wouldn't be held 'over my head."
Dallas Morning News: All-Star Snub Of Howard Irks Mavs
"Devin Harris summed it up best Thursday after Josh Howard was left off the Western Conference All-Star team. 'He got robbed, no question,' said Harris. 'There's no way he shouldn't make that team. I can't believe it.' "
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Redd Not Among Eastern Reserves
"Milwaukee Bucks guard Michael Redd was bypassed for the NBA All-Star Game, and his chances were not helped by a knee injury that has sidelined him for the last 13 games. Redd was out, the third straight year he was not chosen by conference coaches after being selected for the 2004 All-Star Game."
Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Howard 'Got Robbed;' Dirk a 6-Time Star
"It's been some kind of week for Josh Howard. The fourth-year small forward celebrated the birth of his first child Wednesday night, only to be denied his first All-Star honor Thursday evening."
NY Daily News: Curry Snub Is Revenge
"Magic Johnson suggested last night that the Knicks' treatment and subsequent firing of Larry Brown may have hurt Eddy Curry's chances of making the All-Star team this season. The Eastern Conference coaches vote for the seven All-Star reserves and, as reported in yesterday's Daily News, Curry did not crack the top seven."
The Kitsap Sun: Allen Among the Snubbed
"The NBA announced the All-Star reserves Thursday. Seattle SuperSonics star Ray Allen was not among them, leaving a pair of streaks in jeopardy. Allen has made three straight All-Star Games. The Sonics have had an All-Star representative for a league-leading 13 straight games."
Rocky Mountain News: A.I. an All-Star, Melo Out ... For Now
"Optimistic about being invited to his first NBA All-Star Game, the Nuggets forward took a shot to the gut Thursday when he was not among the seven Western Conference reserves."
The Orange County Register: Brand Still Has Shot to Become All-Star
"The NBA All-Star Game reserves were announced Thursday, and Clippers forward Elton Brand was not among them. But there remains a chance Brand could be in Las Vegas on Feb.18."
The Oregonian: Randolph Not Among All-Star Reserve Picks
"Despite his averages of 23.7 points and 10.5 rebounds a game, Trail Blazers forward Zach Randolph was not chosen as one of seven Western Conference reserves for the Feb. 18 All-Star Game in Las Vegas."
USA Today: Hawks' Record Hurts Johnson's Chances
"Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson is having a career year, but that carried little weight with Eastern Conference coaches when they picked the All-Star Game reserves."
New York Newsday: Carmelo Deserved It
"Am I the only one who doesn’t have a problem with Carmelo Anthony being left off the Western Conference All-Star team?"
New Orleans Times Picayune: Carmelo Snubbed For All-Star Game
"One bad night may have overshadowed all the good Carmelo Anthony has done this season. The NBA's leading scorer was not among the seven reserves announced Thursday night for the Western Conference team that will play in the NBA All-Star game.
New York Newsday: Curry is Snubbed as All-Star Reserve
"Eddy Curry's breakout season wasn't enough to warrant an invitation to the All-Star Game. Curry, the Knicks' leading scorer and an emerging offensive force in the NBA, was left off the list of Eastern Conference reserves selected by the coaches and announced last night."
USA Today: Carmelo's All-Star Fate Lies in Stern's Hands
"Anthony's All-Star fate is now in Stern's hands as starting center Yao Ming of Houston, voted the starting center for the West, will not play as he is still rehabbing a fractured leg, leaving it to Stern to add a replacement. Utah's Carlos Boozer, voted in as a reserve, is also expected to have a replacement named for him as he is set to be out 4-6 weeks with a hairline fracture of his left fibula."
New York Newsday: Eddy Isn't An All-Star
"Eddy Curry's breakout season has gained him attention around the NBA, but it hasn't been enough to earn him a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team. The Knicks center will not be among the players who have been selected as reserves, a person with knowledge of the situation said."
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: NBA Errs in Passing on Carmelo
"Carmelo Anthony's name was nowhere to be found when the All-Star reserves were announced, and one can only imagine why."