2011 All-Star Reserves Add Love
The Boston Celtics were as dominant on the coaches’ ballot results as they have been on the court all season, garnering four reserves for the 2011 NBA All-Star game. Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo and Paul Pierce will all join the fesitivities in Los Angeles later this month.
The Eastern squad will also feature Al Horford and Joe Johnson from the Atlanta Hawks and Chris Bosh from the Miami HEAT.
The Western Conference held a few more surprises, with rookie Blake Griffin getting the nod over such worthy candidates as LaMarcus Aldridge, Steve Nash, and Kevin Love. Joining Griffin is San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan, the Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki, Utah’s Deron Williams, Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook and the Lakers’ Pau Gasol.
There will be at least one more person joining the team, as Houston’s Yao Ming was voted as starter but won’t be able to participate. Steve Nash is being called the odds-on favorite to replace Yao, though LaMarcus Aldridge and Kevin Love should get plenty of consideration.
Who got snubbed? Drop your comments below and let the debate begin!
UPDATE: Minnesota’s Kevin Love has been named as Yao Ming’s injury replacement for the Western Conference squad.