Friday , Feb , 10 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Arenas takes O’Neal’s place in All-Star Game

=== Arenas takes O’Neal’s place in All-Star Game ===

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was
named to the Eastern Conference team for the upcoming NBA All-Star Game Friday
as an injury replacement for Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O’Neal.

Arenas, who currently ranks fourth in the league with a career-best 28.2
points per game scoring average, will be making his second consecutive All-
Star appearance. The fifth-year standout also stands third among NBA players
with 109 three-point field goals made, ninth in steals (1.76/gm.) and 16th in
assists (5.9 apg) this season.

O’Neal was voted as one of the East’s five starters but is expected to be
sidelined until late March because of a torn left groin muscle. His
replacement in the starting lineup has not yet been announced.

Arenas earned a spot as a reserve on last year’s Eastern Conference squad and
averaged 25.5 points, 5.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds for the Wizards in 2004-05.

The 2006 All-Star Game will take place February 19 at the Toyota Center in