Boston’s Paul Pierce Leads List Of 2005 NBA All-Star Reserves
NEW YORK, NY (February 8,2005) - Boston Celtics guard Paul Pierce, a four-time All-Star, headline's today's announcement of the reserves for the 2005 NBA All-Star Game, to be played on Sunday, February 20 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, CO.
Pierce becomes the 13th Celtic to make four All-Star teams, as well as the 12th Celtic to make four straight All-Star Games. In three All-Star appearances Pierce is averaging 11.7 points, including a high of 19 points in the 2002 All-Star Game.
The 14 players selected-seven each from the Eastern and Western Conferences-were chosen by a vote of the 30 NBA head coaches. The coaches 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.
Joining Pierce on the East team will be Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas and forward Antawn Jamison and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade will all make their first career All-Star appearance for the Eastern Conference. Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas of the Cleveland Cavaliers, forwards Jermaine O'Neal of the Indiana Pacers and Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons round out the Eastern reserves.
Three Western Conference players will join Arenas, Jamison and Wade in making their first career All-Star appearances as forwards Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, Rashard Lewis of the Seattle SuperSonics and Amare Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns have each been invited to Denver. Also named to the Western Conference All-Star team are guard Ray Allen of Seattle, forward Shawn Marion and guard Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns and forward Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.
Previously selected, as starters for the East through the NBA All-Star 2005 Balloting Program Cleveland's LeBron James, Miami's Shaquille O'Neal , New Jersey's Vince Carter, Orlando's Grant Hill and Philadelphia's Allen Iverson. Houston's Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota's Kevin Garnett and San Antonio's Tim Duncan will start for the West.
Should any player be unable to participate in the All-Star Game due to injury, NBA Commissioner David Stern will select the replacement. Stan Van Gundy of the Miami Heat will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars and Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs will represent the Western Conference. The NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 19 will be broadcast live by TNT, Rogers Sportsnet and ESPN Radio at 8 p.m. ET. The game will also be telecast in 212 countries and broadcast in several languages on NBA.com. Following are the complete rosters for the East and West teams for the 2005 NBA All-Star Game at the Pepsi Center in Denver:
|EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS|
|*Vince Carter||New Jersey||F||6-6||220||6|
Head coach: Stan Van Gundy (Miami)
|WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS|
|*Kobe Bryant||L.A. Lakers||G||6-6||220||7|
|*Tim Duncan||San Antonio||F||7-0||260||7|
|#Manu Ginobili||San Antonio||F||6-6||210||1|
Head coach: Gregg Popovich (San Antonio)
#denotes first-time selection