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#1 Sakata Gintoki

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Posted January 29, 2009 - 02:06 AM

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On Thursday, Lakers forward Pau Gasol will find out whether he has been selected to the Western Conference All-Star team.

His coach, Phil Jackson, will be coach the West team, and his teammate, Kobe Bryant, will be on the team as a starter.

The West coaches vote for the reserve players in their conference, but they can't vote for a player on their own team. The coaches' votes were due Tuesday and they had to decide on two forwards, two guards, one center and two wild cards.

"I would love to be a part of it," said Gasol, who played in the 2006 All-Star game while with the Memphis Grizzlies. "I think it's something that gives me a lot of pride and I think it's an honor to be a part of that game. The coaches are the people who watch you every day and know what you contribute to the league."

Gasol, who had a rare off game against Charlotte on Tuesday, was seventh in the voting for West forwards, behind starters Tim Duncan of San Antonio and Amare Stoudemire of Phoenix. He probably will be in a race at forward with Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki and Denver's Carmelo Anthony.

When asked if Gasol deserved to be selected to the All-Star team, Jackson was emphatic.

"Oh, without a doubt," Jackson said. "I said, 'I won't be actively soliciting votes for him. I won't go out and call coaches. I think your play speaks for itself.' "

Gasol, averaging 17.5 points and 9.0 rebounds before Tuesday night's game when he made only four of 16 shots, has been a big part of the Lakers' success since he arrived almost a year ago in a trade from the Memphis Grizzlies on Feb. 1.

The Lakers haven't lost more than two consecutive games since Gasol joined the team.

"Feb. [1] is like a holiday, seriously," Gasol said, smiling. "I do realize that it's a special date for me and I'll remember it for a long time I think."

#2 Real Deal

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Posted January 29, 2009 - 02:39 AM

He'll probably get in, but hopefully it won't be because Jefferson or Roy misses out, because quite frankly, those two are doing better than Pau, especially Roy.

Gasol deserves it over Melo, though...and if there's any chance that Steve Nash gets in, I'll be pissed. McGrady doesn't belong in there, either (and I hear he's going to miss, regardless).

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Posted January 29, 2009 - 10:24 AM

I hope he does make it. I wouldn't be disappointed if he didn't make it, but it would be nice seeing him out there.

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Posted January 29, 2009 - 11:15 AM

I heard he didn't make it...hope it's not true though...

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Posted January 29, 2009 - 11:16 AM

Seriously? Where'd you hear it at? :nervous:

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Posted January 29, 2009 - 11:26 AM

Seriously? Where'd you hear it at? :nervous:


Supposedly NBA 2k9 leaked out the all star rosters in their updates. lol idk if it's official or not. I read it on realgm

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Posted January 29, 2009 - 11:33 AM

Damn these rumors. :omg:

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Posted January 29, 2009 - 11:45 AM

But he's ''soft and chokes'' :rolleyes:
Of course he should be in, but we will find out shortly.
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Posted January 29, 2009 - 11:47 AM

I heard he didn't make it...hope it's not true though...



That's not good news, I didn't expect those kind of rumors...
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Posted January 29, 2009 - 12:52 PM

:gasol: has had a great season so far. I see no reason why he shouldn't get in.

Edited by Makaveli'#24, January 29, 2009 - 12:52 PM.


#11 Sakata Gintoki

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Posted January 29, 2009 - 03:32 PM

According to MARCA, they have the confirmation that Pau will be playing the All-Star. But there is still one hour left.

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Posted January 29, 2009 - 03:32 PM

Yahoo! Sports obtained the rosters, and the West reserves also include the Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol, New Orleans Hornets’ David West, Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker, Denver Nuggets’ Chauncey Billups and Portland Trail Blazers’ Brandon Roy.

The East reserves include two Orlando Magic, Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis. East coaches also chose the Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce, Atlanta Hawks’ Joe Johnson, Toronto Raptors’ Chris Bosh, New Jersey Nets’ Devin Harris and Indiana Pacers’ Danny Granger.


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