Coaches select Harden, snub Howard for All-Star Game
James Harden has been selected to participate in the All-Star Game to be held in Toronto this year.
All the reserves were announced prior to the scheduled National aired games by Ernie Johnson of the “Inside the NBA” panel. The selections were compared to the mock picks made by the panel including former Rockets Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley as well as Shaquille O’Neal. You may recall a minor debated over James Harden broke out last week when Charles Barkley disagreed about Harden’s inclusion.
This is Harden’s fourth selection to an All-Star squad and he’ll be joined by:
Western Conference Reserves
LaMarcus Aldridge – San Antonio Spurs (5th selection)
DeMarcus Cousins – Sacramento Kings (2nd selection)
Anthony Davis – New Orleans Pelicans (3rd selection)
Draymond Green – Golden State Warriors (1st selection)
Chris Paul – Los Angeles Clippers (9th selection)
Klay Thompson – Golden State Warriors (1st selection)
— NBA (@NBA) January 29, 2016
Western Conference Starters
These reserves will join starters:
Kobe Bryant – Los Angeles Lakers – 18th selection
Stephen Curry – Golden State Warriors (3rd selection)
Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder (7th selection)
Kawhi Leonard – San Antonio Spurs (1st selection)
Russell Westbrook – Oklahoma City Thunder (5th selection)
Congratulations to James Harden on his fourth straight All-Star selection! pic.twitter.com/30kQ61dZHT
— ROOT SPORTS SW (@ROOTSPORTSSW) January 29, 2016
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Eastern Conference Reserves
In the East the reserves selected were:
Chris Bosh – Miami Heat (11th selection)
Jimmy Butler – Chicago Bulls (2nd selection)
DeMar DeRozan – Toronto Raptors (2nd selection)
Andre Drummond – Detroit Pistons (1st selection)
Paul Millsap – Atlanta Hawks (3rd selection)
Isaiah Thomas – Boston Celtics (1st selection)
John Wall – Washington Wizards (3rd selection)
— NBA (@NBA) January 29, 2016
Eastern Conference Starters
They’ll join their Eastern starters:
Carmelo Anthony – New York Knicks – (9th selection)
Kyle Lowry – Toronto Raptors (2nd selection)
Paul George – Indiana Pacers (3rd selection)
LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers (12th selection)
Dwyane Wade – Miami Heat (12th selection)
Here in the 6ix things are heating up as the All-Star Weekend draws nearer and with DeMar DeRozan selection to the team it means the Raptors will have 2 players in the big game. The Raptors, players, organization, city and country are all pretty hyped to host for the first time. Check out the cool video below that includes music from ummmm I’m thinking the Raptors Global Ambassador: Drake.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) January 29, 2016
Though there was a slim hope Dwight Howard would also get selected it was pretty certain only one player would make it from the Rockets.
Also updated this week was news Gregg Popovich and his San Antonio Spurs coaching staff will man the West’s sidelines. Though the Warriors have the best record the league doesn’t allow the same team to handle this part of the All-Star Game in back to back seasons. In the East the coaching selection is somewhat controversial because Tyronn Lue who just took over the coaching reigns from fired coach David Blatt will head up the East’s bench.
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Friday February 12th – at 9:00 PM ET, the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge followed by an Inside the NBA broadcast at 11 PM EST
Saturday February 13th – at 7 PM ET NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader followed at 8PM ET with the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night (including the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the Verizon Slam Dunk)
Sunday February 14th – at 7 PM ET NBA Tip-Off followed at 8:30 by the 2016 NBA All-Star Game
For all details visit the nba.com under the All-Star section.
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