From the department of scoops that aren’t really scoops: A. Sherrod Blakely reports Pierce and Rondo will be named All-Star reserves tonight.
Blakely also reports that Derrick Rose and Joe Johnson will be on the team.
Nothing shocking. I had Pierce, Rajon and Johnson on the CelticsHub All-Stars, and the final spot came down to Rose and David Lee.
It will be interesting to see if any of these leaked reports turned out to be wrong.
Update: Yahoo!’s dynamic duo of Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc Spears have the full list here. Both Pierce and Rondo have indeed made the list. The coaches nailed the East, with Rose over Lee the only difference between my roster and the real one, and given Rose’s recent play, that’s a fine choice. This will be Pierce’s 8th All-Star selection, and his third straight.
I’ve got a beef with the selection of Pau Gasol in the West, only because he has missed 17 of LA’s 46 games. I’d have selected Chris Kaman over Pau. Gasol is obviously the better player—one of the league’s 10 best, probably—but my philosophy is to reward the guys who have had the most positive impact over the first 40-plus games of the season. Missing 17 of those games matters.
Then again, this s all just a silly showcase game anyway, right?
Congrats Paul and Rajon.