When Mark Jackson took over as the Warriors' head coach, he asked for the walls of the team's downtown practice facility to be scrubbed.
The names of those who participated in All-Star weekend's slam-dunk competitions, three-point shootouts and rookie-sophomore games were erased. He left only the true All-Stars, the ones who played in the Big Game on Sunday, painted into immortality.
In so doing, Jackson left plenty of room on the walls for names to be added, and Stephen Curry and David Lee have a legitimate chance of being the first to put the painters back to work.
"To me, it would be criminal if those guys didn't make it," Jackson said. "They both deserve it. If you want to reward what's right, what Steph Curry and David Lee have done this year is what's right. I think it would be doing a disservice to the game of basketball and to what those guys have done to not have them in Houston."
The Western Conference coaches had to file their ballots by Wednesday morning to select seven reserves (two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild cards - any position)
TNT will televise the announcement of the All-Star reserves during a special one-hour pregame show at 4 p.m. Thursday. Ernie Johnson will host the show with analysts Shaquille O'Neal, Kenny Smith and Chris Webber.
The foursome, along with Charles Barkley, each listed their seven reserves Jan. 17 after Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard were named starters. All five listed James Harden and Lee. Four listed Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Tim Duncan and Zach Randolph. Curry led all other mentioned players, being listed three times.
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Curry, Lee about to learn All-Star fates
San Francisco Chronicle | Jan 24