Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and three teammates are among the seven reserves chosen for the 2011 National Basketball Association All-Star game’s Eastern Conference team.
Garnett is joined by teammates Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo, as well as the Atlanta Hawks’ Al Horford and Joe Johnson, and the Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh at the 60th NBA All-Star game on Feb. 20 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Garnett’s 14th straight selection ties Jerry West, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’Neal as players with the most consecutive picks in league history.
Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers rookie Blake Griffin, Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz were chosen as reserves for the Western Conference team.
The 30 NBA coaches voted for the reserves in their own conference -- two guards, two forwards, one center and two players regardless of position. They couldn’t select anyone on their own team.
Celtics coach Doc Rivers will direct the Eastern Conference starting team of Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Heat teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, the New York Knicks’ Amar’e Stoudemire and Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic.
San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich will coach the West starting team of the Denver Nuggets’ Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant of the Thunder, injured Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and the New Orleans Hornets’ Chris Paul.
NBA Commissioner David Stern will choose a replacement for Yao, who has a stress fracture in his left ankle. Popovich will decide who replaces him in the starting lineup.