Thursday, February 11th, 2010 at 5:34 pm  |  72 responses

David Lee to take AI’s spot in ASG; Kidd to take Kobe’s

Word’s come down that David Lee will replace Allen Iverson, who has missed the five straight games while tending to his ill daughter. Averaging a double-double, David Lee had planned to be in Texas this weekend anyway to attend a friend’s wedding. Now he’ll have what else to do while down in the Lone Star. On the Western front, a banged up Kobe Bryant will be replaced by Jason Kidd. This will be the first All-Star game since 1996-97, their rookie seasons, where neither Bryant nor Iverson will participate in the Sunday night spectacle.

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  • pistol

    No Aaron Brooks???? Come on Stern….Watch the game!!

  • guti

    we in here talking about kidd, we’re talking about jason kidd?

    not a monta, but kidd?

    how silly is that but we talking about kidd man?

    we ain’t talking about monta

  • http://digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    So who takes the starting spot from iverson?

  • Jer Boi

    Kidds my favorite player but i hate the Mavs. And I never heard him in the All-Star conversation ANYWHERE so its really surprising to see him picked. nonetheless he’ll make the game more exciting with his plays.

  • bnets

    is D-Rose injured too? Im guessing Rondo would start

  • Ree Roe

    Joe Johnson should start for the East & if Rose can’t go, put Josh Smith on the squad for the East too. Go Hawks

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Talk about the season of injuries… This season should go into the books with an astrick by it, like the 99 season.. J/k.

  • J-Ro

    So who are the starters for both sides?

  • Jasvinder Dha

    come on
    no monta ellis?
    this is dumb

  • Jasvinder Dha

    wat bout josh smith?

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Haha, I understand good stats on a bad team is a turn off, but this Monta Ellis snub is getting a little out of hand haha

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    David Lee? Great. Jkidd? Not so much. At this point Russell Westbrook would have been a better choice.

  • http://ww.kb24.com The Seed

    Kidd is not an all star, Monta is a ball hog and hurts his team performance, by not passing and trying to get scoring marks. The best choice would have been Aaron Brooks, NUFF SAID!!!

  • http://agnesmines1@yahoo.com Hotlanta

    Man wat the f#ck , where’s Mnta hes averaging 26 4 and 5 so does he not make it plus he’s made for this type of game

  • Juice

    @ the seed shoot yourself

  • Mike

    Wow, this is going to be the worst allstar game in a while. Why on gods green earth would they put David Lee in over Vince Carter? I dont care if vince is averaging 3 ppg you still put him in the game, he puts on a show!

  • http://slamonline.com dmonz

    D.Lee for AI is good, Josh Smith should have been chosen instead of Horford.. the Jason Kidd choice was a hometown decision, Monta could have been a better choice.. but Kidd ain’t that bad…

  • Ree Roe

    @ Mike, I’m assuming you’re one of those fans who voted for T-Mac, huh?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    WTF! KIDD is averaging 9 ppg and shooting 42 percent. All-Star? more like Politics just because hes been a class act his whole career and the game is in Dallas. Monta deserves it. VC is shooting 39 percent and averagin 16 ppg. Stephen Jackson should replace D-Rose. Worst ASG ever coming up.

  • Brickshooting J

    The Seed has spoken the truth. Having said that, I understand they’ve chosen Kidd, as the ASG is in Dallas.

  • studio

    For the star/entertainment value of the game:
    Shaq replaces iverson, not david lee…

    The biggest ASG is shaping up to be the most pathetic.


    Being picked by default aint the same as being selected because you’re just that good…

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    Jeez guys…Monta will get his someday…yea he nice and all. But Billups and Kidd? How can you say they dont belong? Being in THIS game in THIS league means u demand respect every time u step on the floor…not just “okay u havin a good year, we should just let you in”. Its not all about stats. David Lee deserves it cuz he plays with crazy Heart…being a 6’9″ center and coming to play every night even tho his team sucks. Not sayin Monta doesn’t, but Jason Kidd’s name is synonymous with All Star…no?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dreezy

    Whats an ASG without AI? AI is having a better season than Kidd and nobody will complain about Kidd being in the game.

  • guti


    by class act are you talking about the dude that beats on his wife?

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    J-Smoove or J-Snubed?! also Kidd´s a class act but no all star at this stage of his career.

  • guti

    @ gametimeweezy

    no disrespect but i prefer my all stars to be the best players rather than the best resume or some sort of lifetime achievment award

  • NJ4Life

    How can anyone hate on Kidd with the Mavs in top 3 position? Do you honestly think without JKidd that team is in the top 5?

  • nastierthanu2

    Great for David Lee it’s nice to see him get some hype, and as for Kidd. He’s the kinda player that isn’t going to be searching for his own shot. Many times all star games get sloppy but J Kidd knows how to get horses up and down the floor while putting passes on point. If he was good enough for the Olympic team at this stage of his career he’s good enough to play all star pick up in his back yard. In a game where the floor is packed with gunners it seems pretty smart to put the #2 guy all time in assist on the squad.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    @ guti…yea i feel you but J Kidd holds it down still. If Monta Ellis got in over Kidd I wouldnt have been suprised tho. Its going to be tough for him as long as Nash is around, with CP3 and Deron…plus with Tyreke coming up. Monta’s like THIS close..

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    I can’t believe Josh Smith didn’t get the replacement spot.

  • fonz

    Rose and Wade starting together at the all star game could be exactly what wade needs to boost the possibility of going to chicago this summer

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    i like the jason kidd selection. the mavs are no 3 in the west, and he is the engine of that team. kidd will make the game so much better, im betting 3 oops to amare. hard to believe josh smith didnt make it. monta? the warriors are trash

  • guti

    The warriors may very well be the worst team of all time but that does not affect monta’s status as an all star.

    an mvp maybe but that is a conversation for another day

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    J-Smoove deserved it too, thats truth…but they cant send 3 hawks. And the east needs a backup center. I woulda went with David Lee instead of Horford in the 1st place though. J-Smoove def deserves to be in…he brings the Hawks, and the league, another element.

  • davidR

    you guys are forgetting monta hurt his knee this week against the mavs, and most likely wouldnt be able to play in the all-star game if he were chosen

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    Here’s a good topic for debate:
    Who f*cks up all-star selections more: fan voting or David Stern?
    Maybe they should just let BETcats name the all-stars. I swear that would be a better way of determining sh*t. Stern must think it’s 1997.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ Tariqُُ

    Aaron Brooks is more deserving than Monta.

  • MikeC.

    Josh Smith should have been chosen instead of Al Horford in the first place. I’m biased towards David Lee as I’m a Knicks fan. I was pulling for him to make it as a coaches’ pick, but I understood when the coaches picked a Hawk. When the numbers are similar, go with the guy on the winning team. As far as Kidd being picked, his game is designed for this type of environment. Surround Kidd with shooters and finishers, and he’s awesome to watch. Having Kidd on the floor will make this a very enjoyable game to watch.

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    I find your lack of Shaq disturbing.

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  • MikeC.

    Shaq should go as an Eastern coach, or be selected as lifetime MC of the event.

  • Jose

    SHAQ SHULDA GOT THE NOD!!!! It aint ASG w/o him!!!props to D.Lee tho. Jkidd…nu uh…brooks or well actually brooks or kidd.haha i wulda gone brooks 1st choice.he str8 ballin’

  • jumpman3224

    JKIDD? I mean I know it’s in Dallas and all but come on. I would take Evans, Westbrook or Brooks before him this season. With no Kobe and no BROY, the West has no shooting guards and only four guards total. I think we will be seeing a lot of D. Williams or K. Durant at the 2.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Pardeep: So it’s alright that Iverson got in with his terrible stats… but Jason Kidd? F that, am I right?

  • jumpman3224

    Im calling it right now. East Win. D-Howard gets the MVP.

  • Joe

    I mean , Jason Kidd is pretty much averaging a double-double on a top team in the West, can’t ignore that fact. Hard to argue against that.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    @Jukai: Iverson’s terrible stats were better than J-Kidd’s and he did it with way less. Iverson was voted in Jason Kidd was chosen and I have been saying AI didn’t deserve it which is obvious but he got voted in by the fans and J-Kidd got picked by Stern over Monta who was way more deserving.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Pardeep

    and Aaron Brooks

  • J

    still no j-smoove? and wtf j-kidd?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    I hope Iverson’s daughter gets better and I wish her well.
    Congrats to DAvid Lee on making the All-Star team.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    JASON KIDD? WHAT THE FRICK. Aaron Brooks, man! Or Monta Ellis! Freaking ridiculous.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That ball hog argument is probably the most annoying excuse in existence. Its a cop out because you can’t actually justify why a player of Monta Ellis’ caliber is possibly being snubbed. Basketball is a TEAM game and the Warriors really do not have a TEAM that can compete. They have a tonne of great players but they’re all freaking guards and Andris Biedrins is getting screwed over by Donnie.
    It amuses me when people call players like Monta Ellis ball hogs, when they’re the best player on the team, leading in both points AND assists. Funny.

  • underdog

    JKidd? Meh. But David Lee deserved it big time.

  • Sour Milk

    Kidd? What about Kaman, Ellis, Westbrook, Gay, Boozer, Parker, Evans, Brooks, Marc Gasol, Mayo… Heck, I’d take Jason Terry over Kidd for all-star this year. This is like when Dale Davis was selected. If Rose is out then Josh Smith or Captain Jack should be in. JJ has to start for the east. Start Dirk at Kobe’s spot for the west, heck, it’s an all-star game, and it’s in Dallas, why not? He is a 7-foot 2 guard isn’t he?

  • jumpman3224

    Kaman already made the team.
    Ellis is currently injured. Should Stern name a player who is not going to play so that he will immediately have to name a replacement?
    But, I do agree Westbrook, Evans, and Brooks would have been much better selections for this season.

  • http://fdjsklf.com Jukai

    Pardeep: Iverson is playing better than Kidd?
    14.4-2.7-4.2-0.6 on 45/36/80 shooting with 2.4 turnovers compared to 9.3-5.1-9.3-1.8 on 43/41/80 with 2.4 turnovers?
    Sorry, I’ll take the guy who gives you more rebounds, assists, and defense.
    And of course the majority of western starters deserved it over Kidd. That goes without saying. I just don’t get why I was told not to outrage over T-Mac and Iverson getting picked on the all-star game because of stupid fans, but EVERYONE has the right to scream and moan over Kidd getting picked because of a stupid commissioner.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Hmm, as a Mavs fan, so happy to see a 2nd Player on the Roster, and even though Ason keeps chugging along like an antique steam train, delivering the goods in the process, i don’t get his selection. JET Terry is the only other Maverick who could be mistaken for an allstar this season. But Westbrook, (OKC is 5th… In the WEST) or Landry/Brooks would have been a more deserving selection.

  • http://Www.lkz.ch/basket Darksaber

    Hmm, as a Mavs fan, so happy to see a 2nd Player on the Roster, and even though Kidd keeps chugging along like an antique steam train, delivering the goods in the process, i don’t get his selection. Jason Terry is the only other Maverick who could be mistaken for an allstar this season. But Westbrook, (OKC is 5th… In the WEST) or Landry/Brooks would have been a more deserving selection.

  • lucas

    JKidd?! Really?! What Gary Payton not available?

  • tavoris

    I swear the ASG is getting less & less interesting with each passing day.

  • Dirtybird

    Amen, lucas, lol

  • vmcb

    Kidd is getting the spot simply because he can drive to the game. He’s obviously not an all-star this season.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    This outrage is simply stupid. David Stern obviously is following the same “all star selection methods” of the coaches. He is picking a player from a winning team instead of giving it to a borderline player on a losing team. The kings have been absolutely horrendous lately, some of the players have even complained about Tyreke Evans being a ball hog. So he doesn’t deserve it. Westbrook is a joke right? you people think russell westbrook deserves a spot over kidd because of what? Because he averages 15, 7, 5. w/ 3 turnovers on 40% from the field and 25% from the 3? Those are not all-star numbers, those are athletic guard without competition at his position numbers. Jason Kidd is not putting up amazing stats but dude is getting an assist (or his team is scoring a bucket) on about 75% of his possessions!!! Aaron Brooks is the only other guard in the West that should get the spot over kidd. Unless you want to give it to Tony Parker but really he hasn’t been effective enough. No PG outside of the current all star selections puts his team in a better position to win then jason kidd. Ill take that over 20+PPG ANYDAY

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    David Lee getting pulled up in the east is a whole different ball of wax, simply because the east only has 5 or 6 teams over .500 – you can’t have an all star roster from just 6 teams

  • bails1

    cmon man you gotta give it to tyreke!!!

  • bails1

    check all the players in the L averaging 20 5 and 5. You gotta give the nod to the rookie whose team is bad but you take evans off the kings and they would be right there with the nyets

  • kudos

    The Kings are clearly with the nets as one of the worst teams, jesus christ. whats up with all these losers wanting these other nba losers on the all star game. WIN SOME FREAKING GAMES..

  • Kyle

    KG shouldn’t have been starting… David Lee’s numbers destroy his, and has played a FULL season. And Josh Smith as well… the all-stars were a joke this year. How did Al Horford get in? We realize the fans don’t know sh!t about basketball since they voted in (AI, KG) and even Duncan over Dirk last minute(even though he’s had a better year, his team has been better until recently, and it’s in freaking Dallas. Jason Kidd though? The Rockets deserved one guy(Brooks or Landry.) Yes, KG hasn’t deserved to be a starter or all-star period for two seasons. Last year, 15.8 and 8.5, this season, about 14 and 7. Shocked Ray Allen wasn’t voted in with his one double double in his past 3 seasons.

  • rob

    Josh Smith is so underrated. C’mon Stern do you actually watch the games?!

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    Get over it David Lee is ballin his A$$ off….do any of YOU watch the games????? He’d get more rebounds with one hand tied behind his back then Josh Smith! Cmon SON!!!! yall on his naaaads…gtfoh wit dat bull bull….an leave garnett da god alone! Heart of a champion!

  • b

    ASG was a piece of sh*t this year, through and through.