NBA All-Star Game Reserves Announced on TNT: Damian Lillard and DeMarcus Cousins Wuz Wobbed

2015 NBA All-Star Reserves Exclusively Announced on TNT

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“Neither one of us made it? Bro…this is some bullllllllllllllllllllsheeeeeeeeeit.”

Both cats are playing at the top of the league at their respective positions and deserve starting slots quite honestly. Boogie is as misunderstood as any and much smarter than most think. This is the second straight year Cousins was snubbed. I covered the ’10 draft and in a Marshawn Lynch kinda way, some in the media just won’t support his efforts as a center in the NBA. All the things many have said of Kevin Love (before this season), should have been said of Cousins as he entered the league. I’ll never forget telling Sixers brass, that he should have been the pick over Evan Turner, but that’s just me talking right? Ha.

DeMarcus’ snubbing reminds of Josh Smith missing out a few times while he was in Atlanta.

Cousins averages this year: 23.8 points a game, 12.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 steals in just 33.8 minutes a game.

Lilliaard: 20.3 points/6 dimes/4 boards.

Same thing with Lillard. Dude is a straight monster and match-up hell for any player in the league every night out. Surely, the 24 year old guard will take it out on the rest of the league in the 2nd half…as will Cousins.

OK, so Cousins and Lillard didn’t make it, but what about Brandon Knight, Brandon Jennings, Kyle Korver (Sekou Smith and I talk about the Hawks’ great season) and Marcin Gortat? Greg Monroe, Nikola Vucevic , Kawhi Leonard, Zach Randolph or Mike Conley? All having dope seasons. The league has some splainin’ to do about Dwyane Wade and Kevin Durant making this team despite their obvious prominence. Further, the Thunder wouldn’t even make the playoffs if the season were over today and they have two cats on the squad? Nah B…

TNT is the exclusive home of extensive live NBA All-Star coverage including all of the marquee events from New York. Programming highlights include the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 13; State Farm All-Star Saturday Night featuring the Degree Shooting Stars, Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk on Saturday, Feb. 14; and the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15.

 

 

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Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

 

Western Conference All-Star reserves:

   

James Harden Houston Rockets
Klay Thompson 1st Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City Thunder
LaMarcus AldridgeTim DuncanChris Paul Portland Trail BlazersSan Antonio SpursLos Angeles Clippers

 

Barkley on Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins being left off the Western Conference All-Star team: “DeMarcus Cousins deserved to make the All-Star team…the kid is a hell of a player.”

 

Barkley on Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard: “I have a serious problem with Damian Lillard not making this team. That’s really not fair. I love [Thunder forward] Kevin Durant, but he hasn’t played enough games. This isn’t a lifetime achievement award. Lillard is having a terrific year.”

 

Barkley on Thunder forward Kevin Durant making the All-Star team: “Kevin Durant is the second best player in the world, but he has not played enough games to be an All-Star.”

 

Smith on Durant: “We all know he’s an All-Star. He’s an MVP. However, there is validity to [basing All-Star selections] off of the amount of games they’ve played and the type of season they are having to this point. Damian Lillard and DeMarcus Cousins have played well enough in the games that they’ve played this season to be on this list. I believe in Kevin Durant, but 21 games isn’t enough.”

 

Barkley on the two Thunder players, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, making the All-Star team: “If the playoffs started today, the Thunder wouldn’t be in it…and they get two All-Stars? That’s not right.”

 

O’Neal on choosing All-Stars based on individual accomplishments: “All-Star is singular. [Kings center DeMarcus] Cousins is an All-Star, he’s playing like an All-Star, and like the best center in the league. His feelings are hurt and my feelings are hurt for him. He definitely got snubbed today.”

 

Smith on choosing between Western Conference point guards Damian Lillard and Chris Paul: “Damian Lillard is having a better year than Chris Paul. Lillard got snubbed when he was left off of the USA Men’s Basketball team, and now the All-Star team.”

 

Smith on Rockets center Dwight Howard missing the All-Star team for the first time in eight years: “It’s because of injuries. He’s been hurt, and hasn’t played enough games consistently to say he’s an All-Star. He is arguably one of the top two centers in the league. For the same reason we said ‘no Kevin Durant,’ they said ‘no Dwight Howard.’ Also, the Rockets won games while Howard wasn’t there.”

 

 

Eastern Conference All-Star reserves:

 

Kyrie Irving Cleveland Cavaliers
Chris Bosh Miami Heat
Jimmy Butler Chicago Bulls
Al Horford Atlanta Hawks
Paul MillsapJeff TeagueDwyane Wade Atlanta HawksAtlanta HawksMiami Heat

 

Smith on who was snubbed in the East: “The guys I feel for in the East are [Milwaukee Bucks point guard] Brandon Knight and [Atlanta Hawks shooting guard] Kyle Korver.”

 

Barkley on Heat veteran Dwyane Wade as an Eastern Conference All-Star: “Dwyane Wade shouldn’t have made the All-Star team. He is a Hall of Famer, but he didn’t deserve to be an All-Star this year. [Heat center Chris] Bosh has been the best player for Miami this year.  Brandon Knight in Milwaukee, Brandon Jennings in Detroit or Kyle Korver in Atlanta should have been rewarded for having good seasons. This might be the only time Knight, Jennings or Korver have a chance to make the All-Star team. I always give the edge to guys who are winning. Dwyane Wade is not having an All-Star year.”

 

Barkley on why Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver deserves to be an All-Star: “I always give the edge to guys who are winning. I would fine guys who left him wide open if I coached a team. Even if you have to hold his hand, don’t leave him shoot.”

 

O’Neal on Wizards center Marcin Gortat: “I think Marcin Gortat got snubbed. I think he is having a wonderful year. Washington is playing very well, and he is a vital part of that.”

 

Barkley on naming veteran stars to the All-Star teams over players having better years: “We all know who used to be great, but you can’t keep rewarding guys for what they used to be.”

 

Barkley on whether Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving or Bucks point guard Brandon Knight deserved to be an All-Star more: “Kyrie is incredible. Irving is a better all-around player, but for the first half of the season, Brandon Knight was better. He lifted his team to greater heights.”

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