Chris Bosh believes the Miami Heat are about to make history. And he doesn't
care how it's done.

The Heat center is expecting his coach, Erik Spoelstra, to name him to start the Feb. 17 All-Star Game in Houston. He then would join LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in making Miami the first team in 23 years to have three All-Star starters.

"Yeah, I think so," Bosh told FOX Sports Florida after Wednesday's 99-94 win over Charlotte about his belief that Spoelstra, the Eastern Conference All-Star coach, will name him to replace injured Boston point guard Rajon Rondo in the lineup.

Spoelstra has hinted he could start Bosh, but hasn't given a definite answer. If it happens, the Heat would become the first team to have three All-Star starters since the 1990 Los Angeles Lakers had guard Magic Johnson and forwards James Worthy and A.C. Green.

But wouldn't Miami's accomplishment carry an asterisk since the Lakers players all were voted into the game by the fans? While James led in balloting for frontcourt players and Wade was tops for guards, Bosh finished fourth in the frontcourt, with only the top three earning immediate starting berths.

"Hell, yeah, it should count," Bosh said if Miami has three starters. "No asterisk. No asterisk."

Bosh displays the same enthusiasm when asked if he wants to start in Houston, the site of his All-Star debut in 2006. That began Bosh's streak of eight straight All-Star selections, but 2007 so far has marked his only start.

"Hell, yeah," Bosh said of wanting to start. "Whether I do start or I don't start, people will always have opinions. But it's all for fun. Have some fun and go out there and have a good time."

If Bosh gets the nod, there will be some upset fans in Cleveland. Due to Rondo being a point guard, some believe he should be replaced with a point guard by Spoelstra, who has the authority to choose any remaining player on his roster to start alongside James, Wade, New York forward Carmelo Anthony and Boston center Kevin Garnett. If a point guard were to be picked, the most obvious candidate would be Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers.

If Bosh starts, James likely would slide from forward to point guard. Adding to possible frustration in Cleveland, everybody knows how James bolted the Cavaliers in 2010.