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All-Star reserves announced

Here they are:

EAST
Chauncey Billips (Detroit), Chris Bosh (Toronto), Caron Butler (Washington), Richard Hamilton (Detroit), Antawn Jamison (Washington), Joe Johnson (Atlanta), Paul Pierce (Boston)

WEST
Carlos Boozer (Utah), Steve Nash (Phoenix), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas), Chris Paul (New Orleans), Brandon Roy (Portland), Amare Stoudemire (Phoenix), David West (New Orleans)

As a reminder, Jason Kidd, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard are the starters for the East, while Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan and Yao Ming are the starters for the West. (It’s funny, because the email I received from NBA.com regarding the reserves has T-Mac in the group of images at the bottom, which are supposed to represent the starters. It’s good to see that the coaches didn’t select him when there were far better first half performances in the West.)

So, compared to my picks from two weeks ago, in the East, Rip Hamilton and Joe Johnson replaced my picks of Ray Allen and Josh Smith. With Boston’s recent slip, I can see why the coaches took Rip over Ray Ray, though I think Hedo Turkoglu would have made a better choice. I still think Josh Smith is the best player in Atlanta, though Joe Johnson has a bigger name at the moment.

In the West, Brandon Roy and David West replaced my picks of Baron Davis and Shawn Marion. Man, knowing how much importance he places on getting props, I bet the Matrix is pissed. He’s been a good citizen all year and is playing great ball, but he doesn’t make the All-Star team (and Amare Stoudemire does). I have no problem with the David West pick. New Orleans is on fire and West is a terrific complement to Chris Paul. I think it came down to the fact that the coaches couldn’t justify three Suns and only one Hornet, so they went with West, who probably deserves the honor given the Hornets’ recent play.

Roy is a great young guard, but Portland’s success is a team effort in every sense of the word, so it’s tough to take him over Davis who has better numbers and has led the Warriors to a better record.

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Petrino can still lie with the best of them

Bobby Petrino still knows how to talk tell a good lie game apparently.

Petrino, now coach at Arkansas, spent extensive time over the past two weeks recruiting the top two prospects from Chattahoochee High School, defensive end Justin Smith and safety Elton Ford.

“My impression of [Petrino] was very high. I was just really impressed with how honest he was with the kids,” Chattahoochee coach Terry Crowder said. “I would have to say he is now one of my favorite head coaches I’ve ever met. I just can’t say enough good things.”

“I just got a good vibe about Coach Petrino from the start: He is straight up and honest about everything,” Ford said.

Honest? Straight up and honest about everything?

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA!

Chris Berman could…go…all…the…way!

Deadspin.com has found the mother of all audio clips. Here’s Chris Berman throwing a hissy fit on an ESPN crew during a commercial break for a 1999 broadcast of Monday Night Football. (Warning: Clip has bad language and contains a highly irritable fat man).

I don’t blame him for getting pissed. He has one of the hardest jobs in the word coming up with atrocious nicknames for football players, and he’s got people ducking under cameras and what not. Ridiculous.

He’s a shell of his former self.

You can actually make a wager on God

You know you have a gambling problem when…you’re wagering on who will Super Bowl XLI’s MVP thank first.

From Bodoglife.com:

Who will the MVP of the Game thank first?
(Only listed options). If Two or More MVP’s wagers will be No Action. Singles Only. Max $100

Teammates 2/1
God 5/2
Family 2/1
Coach 5/1
Doesn’t thank anyone 6/1

I don’t know about anyone else, but if I were to bet, there’s no way I’m going against God in any wager. I’m not going to be the one standing at the pearly gates who didn’t bet on God when he had the chance. If Jesus were listed, I’d throw a separate bet on him too, just to be safe.

Just for kicks, you can also bet on which song Tom Petty will end with at halftime and how long the National Anthem will last. If anyone bets more than a $1 on any of these SB prop wagers, you might want to ask yourself where your life’s heading.

Drake’s Magic Run

The Drake Bulldogs are having a season most people only dream about. First year head coach, Keno Davis, led his team to a 75-65 victory over defending champion, Creighton, to stay perfect in the Missouri Valley. They are now 19-1 and have won a school record 18 games in a row.

Tied at 65 last night they ran off the final 10 points of the game to win going away. Drake was 12-27 from the 3 point line and 15-16 from the foul line.

Hats off to Coach Davis and the Bulldogs. They join a couple of other Bulldog team rising from the mid major level. The other two being Gonzaga and Butler. If this keeps up more teams will be changing their nicknames.

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