Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao was honored to enter the All-Star discussion, but he also was a bit overwhelmed.

In recent weeks, he has been bombarded with phone calls, text messages and e-mails from family, friends and complete strangers, all of whom wanted to know what he thought about his a push for a spot on the Eastern Conference's roster. The questions got old, and Varejao concedes he needed some relief.

"At the same time, it's a good thing when you hear stuff like that from a lot of people," Varejao said. "It means you're doing a good job and you're helping the team."

Varejao certainly has helped the Cavs (10-14) this season by averaging 11 points and 11.8 rebounds per game and shooting 50.7 percent from the field. Still, he fell short of being selected as an All-Star for the first time in his eight-year career.

Roy Hibbert of the Indiana Pacers (17-8) was named the Eastern Conference's backup center Thursday night. Hibbert is averaging 13.6 points and 9.9 rebounds a game and shooting 50.9 percent from the field.

The 30 NBA coaches voted for the All-Star reserves. The starters were determined by fan balloting and announced last week.