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First-time All-Star selections Chris Paul and David West of New Orleans are joined by fellow first-time selection Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers as Western Conference reserves, along with Carlos Boozer of the Utah Jazz, Steve Nash and Amaré Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns, and the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki.
The East reserves feature the Detroit Pistons’ Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton, Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors, Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison of the Washington Wizards, Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce.
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.
Previously selected as starters for the East through the 2008 NBA All-Star Balloting Program presented by T-Mobile were Boston’s Kevin Garnett, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Orlando’s Dwight Howard, New Jersey’s Jason Kidd and Miami’s Dwyane Wade. Denver’s Carmelo Anthony and Allen Iverson, Houston’s Yao Ming, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and San Antonio’s Tim Duncan will start for the West.
The selections of Nash (Canada) and Nowitzki (Germany) along with voted-starters Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands) and Yao (China), gives the 2008 NBA All-Star Game four 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.
Boston head coach Doc Rivers and his coaching staff will be on the sidelines for the Eastern Conference All-Stars, as the Celtics previously clinched the best winning percentage through games of Feb. 3 among eligible Eastern Conference teams for All-Star coaching honors. The Western Conference coaching scenario has yet to be determined, with the staffs of the Dallas Mavericks (31-13, .705) and New Orleans Hornets (32-13, .711) still in contention. The coaching staff of either Dallas or New Orleans, depending on which owns the best winning percentage through games of Feb. 3, will lead the Western Conference All-Stars.
All of this year's All-Star participants will join over 2,500 members of the NBA Family for the NBA Cares All-Star Day of Service on Friday, Feb. 15. The volunteers will participate in a variety of service projects at 10 different sites throughout New Orleans.
The 2008 NBA All-Star uniforms were inspired by the uniqueness of New Orleans, the look and feel of the French Quarter, and the wrought iron architecture that is unique to the city. The back of the jerseys are silver for the West and gold for the East to represent the conference colors.
NBA All-Star 2008 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. 17, 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 broadcast on NBA.com.
Fans will have the opportunity to submit their vote on NBA.com and their mobile phones and have it count towards selecting the MVP of the 57th NBA All-Star Game, as a part of the site's exclusive 2008 NBA All-Star coverage.
The following lists the complete rosters for the East and West teams for the 2008 NBA All-Star Game at New Orleans Arena:
2008 EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
|No.||Player (Team)||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Birthdate||College/HS/Country||All-Star Selections|
|F||6-11||220||05/19/76||Farragut Academy (HS)||11|
|C||6-11||265||12/08/85||SW Atlanta Christian Academy||2|
|F||6-8||250||12/30/84||St. Vincent/St. Mary HS||4|
Head Coach: Doc Rivers (Boston)
Assistant Coaches: Armond Hill (Boston), Kevin Eastman (Boston), Clifford Ray (Boston), Tom Thibodeau (Boston)
Athletic Trainer: Tim Walsh (New Jersey)
2008 WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
|G||6-6||205||08/23/78||Lower Merion HS||10|
|F/C||6-10||245||11/16/82||Cypress Creek HS||3|
Head Coach: TBD
Assistant Coaches: TBD
Athletic Trainer: Terry Kofler (New Orleans)
#denotes first-time selection