Thursday , Jan , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Yao stands tall in All-Star balloting

=== Yao stands tall in All-Star balloting ===

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Houston Rockets center Yao Ming continues to
lead the balloting for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game, which will take place at
the Toyota Center in Houston, TX on Sunday, February 19.

Yao has collected 1,759,574 votes, which leads all Western Conference centers
by a substantial margin. Denver’s Marcus Camby is currently second among big
men, as he has garnered 602,446 votes.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is currently second in votes received
with 1,653,770, while Yao’s teammate, Tracy McGrady, leads all West
forwards with 1,421,456 votes. San Antonio’s Tim Duncan is second amongst
Western forwards with 1,071,115 votes while Kevin Garnett of the Timberwolves
is third with 1,064,512 tallies.

Bryant and Phoenix’s Steve Nash, the reigning league MVP, have distanced
themselves as the top two vote-getters from the guard position in the West.
Nash currently has 1,332,848 votes.

In the Eastern Conference, Miami Heat center Shaquille O’Neal has the most
votes (1,627,198) with Cleveland forward LeBron James (1,598,649) a close
second.

Indiana’s Jermaine O’Neal is second for forwards and has 931,671 votes, while
Detroit’s Rasheed Wallace has accumulated 552,738 tallies.

Allen Iverson leads all East guards, as the Sixer has racked up
1,544,496 votes. Miami’s Dwyane Wade is in second with 1,112,792.