Chris Bosh Named To Eastern Conference All-Star Squad

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January 28, 2010

The NBA announced Thursday that Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh was named as a reserve to the Eastern Conference team for the 2010 All-Star Game to be held Sunday, February 14 in Dallas, Texas. The teams 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. During the fan balloting period Bosh received 1,164,007 votes, which ranked 10th overall and third among Eastern Conference forwards.

With this year’s selection Bosh ties former Raptor Vince Carter for the most All-Star appearances in team history. Carter was named to five consecutive All-Star teams from 2000-04. Bosh emerged on the All-Star scene in 2006 when he was named as a reserve. He became the second player in team history to be voted in as a starter for the 2007 game in Las Vegas and replaced the injured Kevin Garnett as a starter during the 2008 game at New Orleans. Bosh was named a reserve on the Eastern Conference in 2009 but did not participate because of a sprained right knee.

A product of Georgia Tech in his seventh season, Bosh is currently tied for the NBA lead with 33 double-doubles. He also ranks eighth in scoring (23.9), sixth in rebounding (11.3) and fourth in free throws made (321). Bosh scored a career-high 44 points January 20, 2010 at Milwaukee and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds January 27 vs. Miami. He is the team’s all-time leader in career scoring with 9,698 points and nine other statistical categories, including rebounds (4,535), blocks (578) and minutes played (17,934).

Bosh will be joined on the Eastern Conference team by four first-time selections -- the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford, the Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo, the Charlotte Bobcats’ Gerald Wallace and the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose. Atlanta’s Joe Johnson and Boston Paul Pierce were also selected as reserves.

Selected to start for the East -- through the 2010 NBA All-Star Balloting Program presented by T-Mobile -- were the Celtics’ Kevin Garnett, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, the Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard, the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Allen Iverson. The Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, the Phoenix Suns’ Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire, and the San Antonio Spurs’ 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.

Dirk Nowitzki of the hometown Dallas Mavericks was also named as a reserve for the All-Star Game. Joining Nowiztki on the West squad are the Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol, the New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul, the Portland Trail Blazers’ Brandon Roy, and three first-timers -- the Memphis Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant and the Utah Jazz’s Deron Williams.

The East and West All-Star coaches and coaching staffs will be determined by the best record in each conference through games played Jan. 31. Last year’s East and West coaches – Cleveland’s Mike Brown and the L.A. Lakers’ Phil Jackson -- are not eligible to coach this year’s All-Star Game.

NBA All-Star 2010 in Dallas will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. The week leading up to the 59th NBA All-Star Game will feature a full slate of community-enhancing activities and fan festivals, including NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. This will be the second NBA All-Star in Dallas. The city also hosted the event in 1986.

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