NBA News: Anthony, Howard named All-Stars & more
NBA All-Star News
NBA Superstar Carmelo Anthony and budding star Josh Howard were selected as All-Star reserves by NBA commissioner David Stern. After some controversial debates about whether Anthony deserved to be selected, because of his role in the Garden Brawl, Stern appointed him as a replacement for Yao Ming for the Western Conference.
NBA Injury Updates
- Steve Nash, Suns - Nash has been bothered by a sore shoulder since last week. He has now missed the last 2 1/2 games, including the game tonight against the lowly Atlanta Hawks. Leandro Barbosa is starting in Nash's place and playing very well - he scored 25 pts in the last game.
- Paul Pierce, Celtics - Pierce participated in Boston's shootaround this morning and has played in tonight's game against the New Jersey Nets. Based on his line (4-16 FG, 9 pts & 4 rbs), he probably should've waited another game or two. The Celtics were lucky to reach 78 pts in the game, so you have to wonder how big of a distraction Pierce's return is.
- Allen Iverson, Nuggets - Iverson returned on Wednesday night, but is now second-guessing that decision because he re-aggravated the injury. Now, Allen is hinting that he might skip the All-Star game to rest his ankle - he has a decent point though... he's started 7 straight All-Star games and won two All-Star MVPs.
Other NBA News
- The New York Knicks' Eddy Curry publicly stated this week that he would request a trade if Knicks management fires Isiah Thomas is fired at the end of the season. Curry has played better this year, but one year doesn't make you an NBA superstar worthy of demanding a trade. He's finally earning the money the Knicks ponied up in 2005 to get him and he should be grateful... Sounds like a little brainwashing by Thomas, or at least some trash-talking about management.
- Former NBA player John Amaechi has announced that he is gay. Amaechi is the first NBA player to make such a claim; other sports have had players come out, though all were after their playing careers were over. I don't think that's a coincidence either... announcing your gay would probably be career suicide for any major league athlete in today's society. I'm not saying it's right/wrong, but that's the way it is right now.