Thursday , Jan , 22 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Amaré Stoudemire Beats Carmelo Anthony to ASG Spot

Suns star Amaré Stoudemire rallied to a personal victory this week, passing Denver’s Carmelo Anthony in fan voting to earn his first start in an NBA All-Star Game.

Stoudemire edged Anthony for the second forward spot alongside San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Houston’s Yao Ming in the Western Conference frontcourt for the Feb. 15 game in Phoenix. The official announcement of the All-Star starters will be at 5 tonight on TNT’s pregame show.

Stoudemire opened the fan voting with a lead in December, but it gradually decreased with each set of returns until Anthony passed him two weeks ago.

This will be Stoudemire’s fourth All-Star Game appearance in five seasons, missing a shot at the year he missed because of knee surgery. He is the first Suns’ All-Star starter since Steve Nash in 2006 and the first Suns frontcourt starter since Charles Barkley in 1996.