The All-Star reserves were announced today, and from the looks of things the Western Conference coaches love power forwards. To go along with Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin getting voted in as starters, the reserves included James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, LaMarcus Aldridge, Zach Randolph and … David Lee.
The biggest snubs here are clearly Stephen Curry and Marc Gasol. Perhaps one or both players will be named as a replacement for either Dwight Howard (who aggravated a shoulder injury last night in the Lakers’ loss to Memphis) or Tim Duncan (who will miss tomorrow night’s game with a sore left knee).
Howard should give up his spot anyway, since the Lakers have been one of the league’s top stories for all the wrong reasons and the center’s reputation is worsening by the day. But let’s take a second to recognize that Lee became the first Golden State Warrior to make an All-Star squad since Latrell Sprewell in 1997. Pretty nice accomplishment, and it means the Warriors’ culture change and winning record have not gone unnoticed. Perhaps not as much notice as Mark Jackson would have liked …
Notice that Jackson’s tweet was in response to Curry congratulating Lee.
“We’ve been the leaders all year long. I think (Curry) and I are equally responsible for that, along with other guys on the team,” Lee said in a conference call. “I really wanted him to be a part of this. I’m sure he’s going to be the first alternate.”
One reason why Lee may have had an edge (and the same can be said for guys like Aldridge and Randolph, too) is that Lee has made an All-Star team before. Lee made the Eastern Conference squad in 2010 as a member of the New York Knicks. One would imagine that if Curry (who will surely get an invite to the 3-Point Shootout and Skills Challenge) makes it as an alternate this year, he’ll be a shoo-in for the team next year if he keeps up his current production. Actually, if he continues playing like this he’ll probably make it next year regardless, especially if the Warriors make the playoffs and show they’re a team to contend with for years to come in the Western Conference.
That’s more important than All-Star Weekend, anyway.