Friday , Feb , 02 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Suns trio among All-Star reserves; ‘Melo denied

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Steve Nash, Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire
of the Phoenix Suns were among the players selected as reserves for the NBA
All-Star Game.

Noticeably left off the list of the Western Conference’s seven reserves was
Denver forward Carmelo Anthony. The league-leader in scoring, at over 31
points per game, Anthony was suspended for 15 contests for taking part in a
brawl during a game in New York on December 16.

Anthony’s teammate, guard Allen Iverson, was chosen as a reserve for the West.
It’ll be his eighth All-Star appearance, with this year’s game taking place
at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on February 18.

Iverson is the first Nugget to make an All-Star team since Antonio McDyess in
2001.

After not being voted in by the fans to start, Anthony was denied his first
All-Star appearance due to his actions at Madison Square Garden when he
extended his hand to punch New York’s Mardy Collins.

Nash, a two-time league MVP, was joined by other West reserves Dirk Nowitzki
of Dallas, Utah’s Carlos Boozer and San Antonio’s Tony Parker.

New Jersey’s Jason Kidd and Vince Carter, and Detroit’s Chauncey Billups and
Richard Hamilton were among the reserves for the East. The other three
reserves for the East are Caron Butler of Washington, Dwight Howard of Orlando
and Jermaine O’Neal of the Indiana Pacers.

The starting forwards for the East are Cleveland’s LeBron James and Toronto’s
Chris Bosh. Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal will be in the middle, flanked by guards
Dwyane Wade of the Heat and Gilbert Arenas of Washington.

The starting five for the West are Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett and San Antonio’s
Tim Duncan at the forwards, Houston’s Yao Ming at center and Kobe Bryant of
the Lakers and Tracy McGrady of the Rockets at guard.

Boozer won’t play in the game, though, due to a broken left leg, and Yao is
also expected to miss the game due to a fractured right tibia. NBA
commissioner David Stern will pick replacements for Yao and Boozer, which
means Anthony could still play in the All-Star contest.

The seven players selected from each conference were chosen by the 30 NBA head
coaches.

Phoenix head coach Mike D’Antoni and the Suns’ coaching staff will be on the
sidelines for the Western Conference All-Stars because they previously
clinched the best winning percentage through games of February 4 among
eligible Western Conference teams for the All-Star coaching honors.

The Eastern Conference coach will be Washington’s Eddie Jordan. Jordan and the
Wizards’ coaching staff earned the honor to coach the East as a result of the
Cleveland Cavaliers’ 92-89 loss to the Miami Heat Thursday.