By Lauren Brill

The Global Top 10 is your weekly guide to NBA global news. In this week's edition find out which international athletes will start in the 2008 All-Star game, who ran circles around the Celtics and who had a near perfect game.



Yao and Duncan: All-Star Starters

You voted and now the starters for the 2008 All-Star game are official. Tim Duncan and Yao Ming will both start for the West as they represent NBA's international community. This year marks The Big Fundamental's 10th All-Star appearance and ninth consecutive start. Grateful for the recognition, he told the San Antonio Express-News, "To be chosen by the fans, for that many years, year in and year out, it's a great honor." This year also marks Yao Ming's sixth consecutive start. He has been voted onto the West's team each year since he entered the league in 2002 and trails only Hakeem Olajuwon (who had 12 All-Star appearances and eight starts) for most starts in franchise history. Joining Yao and Duncan on the West's squad will be Allen Iverson, Carmelo Anthony and Kobe Bryant. Those that made the cut in the East include American-born athletes, Kevin Garnett, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard and Jason Kidd.

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Photo: Duncan: 2008 All-Star Starter
Photo: Yao: 2008 All-Star Starter