Thursday , Dec , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Yao and Shaq lead way in NBA All-Star balloting

=== Yao and Shaq lead way in NBA All-Star balloting ===

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets leads all
players in the Western Conference, while Shaquille O’Neal of the Miami Heat
paces all players in the Eastern Conference after the second returns of votes
in the 2005 NBA All-Star balloting program.

NBA fans from around the globe will be responsible for voting in the starters
for the 54th NBA All-Star Game, which will take place in Denver on Sunday,
February 20.

Yao leads all players with 1,373,458 votes and is followed at the center
position in the Western Conference by Sacramento’s Brad Miller (197,784).
Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, the 2003-04 NBA Most Valuable Player, is first
among Western Conference forwards with 1,142,804 votes, with San Antonio’s Tim
Duncan (886,547) second. Houston’s Tracy McGrady (1,065,230) and the Lakers’
Kobe Bryant (1,005,050) pace all Western Conference guards.

In the Eastern Conference, O’Neal has garnered 1,311,762 votes and is followed
at the center position by Detroit’s Ben Wallace (399,698). The top two
vote-getters at forward are New Jersey’s Vince Carter (938,817) and Orlando’s
Grant Hill (848,061), while Cleveland’s LeBron James (843,363) and
Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson (825,179) are 1-2 at the guard position.

The balloting continues through January 23, 2005 and the unveiling of the All-
Star starters will occur on Thursday, February 3. Following the completion of
fan voting and the starting lineup announcement, the head coaches in each
conference will vote to determine the remaining All-Stars in the respective