NEW ORLEANS — As expected, Bulls center Joakim Noah was selected to his second consecutive NBA All-Star Game.
Noah was selected to be an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve by the coaches based on the strength of his stellar month of January, in which he helped a Bulls team recover from the season-ending knee injury of Derrick Rose and the trade of Luol Deng to Cleveland. The center currently has a streak of 17 consecutive double-digit rebounding games.
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Joining Noah as an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve are Miami's Chris Bosh, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Indiana's Roy Hibbert, Brooklyn's Joe Johnson, Atlanta's Paul Millsap and Washington's John Wall. DeRozan, Millsap and Wall are first-time All-Stars.
The East starters, announced last week, are Miami's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, New York's Carmelo Anthony and first-time starters Paul George of Indiana and Cleveland's Kyrie Irving. The starters are selected by fan voting.
The West reserves are Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard, Houston's James Harden and Dwight Howard, Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki, San Antonio's Tony Parker and Chris Paul of the Clippers. Only Lillard is a first-time All-Star selection.
The West starters are Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, Golden State's Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Minnesota's Kevin Love. Bryant, however, is unlikely to play as he recovers from injury.
Notable snubs in the East include Indiana's Lance Stephenson and in the West, Chicago native Anthony Davis of the Pelicans, who plays in New Orleans, the All-Star Game's host city. Johnson of the Nets is regarded as the most surprising selection.