Thursday , Dec , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Yao, James top All-Star voting

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets and
Cleveland’s LeBron James each lead their respective conferences in votes
received after the first returns of the 2007 NBA All-Star balloting.

Yao leads all players in both leagues with 836,392 votes while James tops the
Eastern Conference with 808,570 tallies. Guard Kobe Bryant of the Lakers is
right behind Yao with 720,375 votes while Houston’s Tracy McGrady has 668,130
votes.

Minnesota forward Kevin Garnett (453,536 votes) and the Spurs’ Tim Duncan
(423,228) lead all Western Conference forwards.

James is trailed by banished 76ers guard Allen Iverson, who has 595,200 votes.
Philadelphia, of course, is in the process of trying to trade its star guard.

Toronto’s Chris Bosh (304,624) is the second-leading forward vote-getter,
while Miami’s Dwyane Wade (586,679) is right on Iverson’s heels at the guard
spot.

Heat center Shaquille O’Neal, who is sidelined with a left knee injury, leads
all Eastern Conference centers with 522,815 votes.

Balloting will continue through January 21 with the starters being announced
four days later. The rest of the All-Star roster will be voted on by head
coaches in each conference and will be named February 1.

The 26th NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on Sunday,
February 18.