New look comes to NBA All-Star game as Old guys go

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New look comes to NBA All-Star game as Old guys go

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – There was a hint of panic as Dwyane Wade wondered whether elder actually was eldest.

”Who’s the oldest player here?” Wade asked.

The Miami Heat star can relax. He’s not even the old man on the NBA’s Eastern Conference All-Star team.

But he’s close, and he can’t believe how quickly it happened.

”Me and Bron, we were talking to (DeMar) DeRozan and Kyrie (Irving) and Paul George and we were like, ‘When we came in we were in y’all’s position,”’ Wade said of a conversation he and LeBron James had earlier in the weekend with some of their teammates who faced the West on Sunday night in the All-Star game.


 

”It was the Jason Kidds, the Kevin Garnetts, these players that we have so much respect for were at the All-Star game. They were the older guys that had been around 10 years and now we are. It’s crazy.”

Kidd now coaches Garnett. Allen Iverson is retired, Tim Duncan, Ray Allen and Vince Carter are getting close, and Tracy McGrady is trying to become a baseball player.

Those were the perennial All-Stars when Wade and James first started showing up in the midseason event about a decade ago.

”It’s a little sad. When I first got in, it was always Kobe, Tim Duncan, Shaq was still every year and now I’m the old guy,” said Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, the oldest All-Star who will turn 36 at June.

Bryant, who sat out the game with an injury, is a couple of months younger. Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson, who turns 33 in June, was the oldest East player. Wade turned 32 last month.

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BRIAN MAHONEY

NBA All-Star 2014 reserves announced

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NBA All-Star reserves announced, led by Chris Paul and Roy Hibbert

Prepare your complaints. One week after the announcement of the starters for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans, the league revealed the contest’s West and East reserves, as selected by NBA coaches, Thursday night on TNT.

The team is the usual mix of established superstars, soon-to-be household names, and first-time selections. Naturally, there are also some snubs and deserving players left off the list.

We’ll start with the West, a far deeper conference with more difficult choices to join starters Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Kevin Love, and Blake Griffin.

The backcourt reserves include Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (7th selection), Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (1st), San Antonio Spurs mainstay Tony Parker (6th), and Houston Rockets scorer James Harden (2nd).


 

The frontcourt boasts Harden’s teammate Dwight Howard (8th), Lillard’s pick-and-roll partner LaMarcus Aldridge (3rd), and Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (12th).

The East, which currently has just five teams with more wins than losses, features a less star-laden list of reserves alongside starters Kyrie Irving, Dwyane Wade, Paul George, LeBron James, and Carmelo Anthony.

The backcourt has Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (1st), Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson (7th), and Toronto Raptors scorer DeMar DeRozan (1st).

The frontcourt comprises Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh (9th), Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (1st), Chicago Bulls big man Joakim Noah (2nd), and Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (2nd).

The vast majority of these selections were reported by Yahoo’s own Adrian Wojnarowksi and Marc Spears before Thursday’s announcement.

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Eric Freeman