Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The reserves for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans were named Thursday night.
Reserves are picked by the coaches — the Western Conference coaches picking their side and the East picking theirs — although a coach can’t vote for a player of his own team.
In the Western Conference, Houston and Portland both had two selections. The Rockets’ Dwight Howard and James Harden were picked, while the Trail Blazers’LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard both made the squad.
It’s Howard’s eighth straight selection and Lillard’s first.
Joining them in the West is Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers, Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.
“I have been a part of All-Star weekend every year since I have been in the league and not being there last year felt strange,” said Nowitzki, who was selected as an All-Star for the 12th time. “The Dallas fan base has always been great to me and the Mavericks’ organization and the city deserves to be represented at the All-Star Game.”
In the Eastern Conference, Miami’s Chris Bosh was selected for the ninth time.
Bosh is joined by Joe Johnson of the Brooklyn Nets, Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers, Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks, DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, John Wall of the Washington Wizards and Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls.