Ladies and Gents, your NBA 2010 All-Star Starters AND Reserves

East
Allen Iverson
Dwayne Wade
LeBron James
Kevin Garnett
Dwight Howard
West
Steve Nash
Kobe Bryant
Carmelo Anthony
Tim Duncan
Amare Stoudamire

And now The Reserves, featuring no less than 7 first timers.

East
*Al Horford
Joe Johnson
Paul Pierce
*Rajon Rondo
*Derrick Rose
*Gerald Wallace
Chris Bosh
West
*Kevin Durant
Pau Gasol
Dirk Nowtizki
Chris Paul
*Zach Randolph
Brandon Roy
*Deron Williams
* – First timers

You know what I like about voting the All Star Selections? It’s an exercise in democracy the way it’s become in the modern age – a popularity contest. Except this time it’s out in the open, unlike when we’re voting for our leaders, where we pretend we’re doing the right thing.

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Iverson Would Rather Retire Than Come Off Bench

AI has taken me on a roller coaster ride throughout his career. When he won MVP, he was my idol. I was amazed at the idea of a 6’2 guard lording it over a league of 7″ behemoths. Here was the perfect anti-hero of the hiphop generation. A cornrow sporting, tattooed example of the youth rising up from nowhere to hold up the highest individual honor of all of basketball. A kid from the streets doing it right. What’s a more romantic scenario than that?

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