Notes from TNT’s NBA Tip-off – Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014: 2014 NBA All-Star Starters Announced

(NBA.com)

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Who got the snub?

I’m down with Beans getting the spot. His fans appreciate him for all he’s given on the court to Los Angeles and the world at large. Let a legend be legendary…

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Ernie Johnson, Grant Hill, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

 

Western Conference All-Star starters:

   

Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder
Blake Griffin Los Angeles Clippers
Kevin Love Minnesota Timberwolves

 

O’Neal on Houston’s Dwight Howard not getting voted an All-Star starter: “It’s a big surprise. He’s a likeable guy and a fan favorite. His team is winning and you want to reward teams that are winning. But it happens…I know he’s going to get picked by the coaches [as a reserve], but it’s surprising.”

 

Smith on Minnesota’s Kevin Love being voted in as a starter: “If you go by stats, Kevin Love has the stats. I prefer to reward winning so I was surprised in that regard. If Minnesota was in a solid playoff spot, then I would understand it. But his numbers are beyond All-Star numbers…those are ‘big-boy’ numbers.”

 

Hill on Howard not getting voted in: “It just shows you what he’s gone through the last couple of years. He’s lost a lot of the good will. He was getting the most votes and now isn’t getting voted in [as a starter].”

 

Hill on Love: “Kevin Love is putting up MVP numbers.  He’s off-the-radar up in Minnesota and people haven’t seen him, but he got voted on. He’s definitely worthy,  and we knew he would be on the team, but I’m surprised that he’s actually starting.”

 

Eastern Conference All-Star starters:

 

Dwyane Wade Miami Heat
Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers
LeBron James Miami Heat
Paul George Indiana Pacers
Carmelo Anthony New York Knicks

 

O’Neal on the absence of a center in the Eastern Conference starting lineup: “They shouldn’t have snubbed out the center spot. We still have centers.”

 

O’Neal on the All-Star starting lineups: “It’s going to be a fun game to watch. Five guards [in the East] against the other guys [in the West].”

 

TNT NBA analysts pick their Western Conference reserves:

 

Charles Barkley (providing analysis for tonight’s Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers game)
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
Dwight Howard Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
DeAndre Jordan Los Angeles Clippers
James Harden Houston Rockets
Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs
Kawhi Leonard San Antonio Spurs

 

Smith
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
Dwight Howard Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers
Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs
David Lee Golden State Warriors

 

O’Neal
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
Dwight Howard Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers
James Harden Houston Rockets
DeMarcus Cousins Sacramento Kings
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder

 

Hill
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
Dwight Howard Houston Rockets
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
Chris Paul Los Angeles Clippers
James Harden Houston Rockets
Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs
Goran Dragic Phoenix Suns

 

Johnson
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland Trail Blazers
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
Anthony Davis New Orleans Pelicans
Damian Lillard Portland Trail Blazers
James Harden Houston Rockets
Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs
Mike Conley Memphis Grizzlies

 

Barkley on Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge: “LaMarcus Aldridge should be starting [in the All-Star Game]. I reward guys for winning.”

 

Barkley on why San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard should be an All-Star reserve: “The Spurs have the best record in the West…and Kawhi Leonard has been their second best player all year. He’s one of the most underrated players [in the NBA]. I put him in the same category as [the Knicks’] Tyson Chandler. You just can’t go by stats. He guards the best offensive player every night and he’s the glue that holds everything together.”

 

Hill on why Leonard shouldn’t be an All-Star: “Kawhi Leonard is a really good player. He’s young and potentially an All-Star but if you can’t put the ball in his hands and say ‘Get us a basket,’ I don’t think you deserve to be an All-Star. He’s a complementary player at this point in his career. He’s a spot-up shooter and a solid defender. He plays off of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and he’s not an All-Star.”

 

O’Neal on Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins: “DeMarcus Cousins deserves to make [the All-Star team]…he’s the best center in the West [Conference] and the best in the league and playing like it. He’s staying out of trouble, he’s not getting technical fouls and not being selfish. His team isn’t winning but he’s developing into a leader. He deserves to be there.”

 

TNT NBA analysts pick their Eastern Conference reserves:

 

Barkley
Roy Hibbert Indiana Pacers
Chris Bosh Miami Heat
Lance Stephenson Indiana Pacers
John Wall Washington Wizards
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks
Joe Johnson Brooklyn Nets
“A Raptor” Toronto Raptors

 

Smith
Roy Hibbert Indiana Pacers
Chris Bosh Miami Heat
Lance Stephenson Indiana Pacers
John Wall Washington Wizards
DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors
Joe Johnson Brooklyn Nets
Jeff Teague Atlanta Hawks

 

O’Neal
Roy Hibbert Indiana Pacers
Chris Bosh Miami Heat
Lance Stephenson Indiana Pacers
John Wall Washington Wizards
DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors
Joe Johnson Brooklyn Nets
Joakim Noah Chicago Bulls

 

Hill
Roy Hibbert Indiana Pacers
Chris Bosh Miami Heat
Lance Stephenson Indiana Pacers
John Wall Washington Wizards
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks
DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors

 

Johnson
Roy Hibbert Indiana Pacers
Chris Bosh Miami Heat
Lance Stephenson Indiana Pacers
John Wall Washington Wizards
DeMar DeRozan Toronto Raptors
Paul Millsap Atlanta Hawks
Joakim Noah Chicago Bulls

 

Barkley on the Toronto Raptors having a representative in the All-Star Game: “They are leading their division so I wanted to reward them. I think a Raptor deserves to be in the All-Star Game. I think it could go either way between Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan because they have both been playing fantastic.”

 

Smith on Jeff Teague’s contribution to the Hawks: “The improvement of Jeff Teague each year is the reason why Atlanta is where they are.”

One Response to “Notes from TNT’s NBA Tip-off – Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014: 2014 NBA All-Star Starters Announced”

  1. D.N. says:

    Thanks for al this info in one spot! Wish I’d seen it sooner.

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