Lee in, Curry out; Warriors get first All-Star since '97

Lee in, Curry out; Warriors get first All-Star since '97
January 24, 2013, 3:45 pm
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David Lee is the first Warriors All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

West Roster

Starters: Backcourt - Kobe Bryant (Lakers), Chris Paul (Clippers). Frontcourt - Kevin Durant (Thunder), Blake Griffin (Clippers), Dwight Howard (Lakers).

Reserves: Backcourt - Tony Parker (Spurs), Russell Westbrook (Thunder), James Harden (Rockets). Frontcourt - Tim Duncan (Spurs), Lee (Warriors), Zach Randolph (Grizzlies), LaMarcus Aldridge (Trail Blazers).

East Roster

Starters: Backcourt - Rajon Rondo (Celtics), Dwayne Wade (Heat). Frontcourt - LeBron James (Heat), Kevin Garnett (Celtics), Carmelo Anthony (Knicks).

All-Star Weekend Schedule
All Times Pacific (PT)

Friday, Feb. 15
9 a.m - Basketball Hall of Fame announcement, NBA TV

4 p.m. - NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, ESPN

6 p.m. - Rising Stars Challenge, TNT

Saturday, Feb. 16
Noon - D-League All-Star Game, NBA TV

5:30 p.m. - All-Star Saturday Night, including shooting competition, skills challenge, three-point shootout and slam dunk contest. All on TNT

Sunday, Feb. 17
5 p.m. - All-Star Game, TNT

For the first time since Latrell Sprewell went in 1997, the Golden State Warriors will be represented in the NBA All-Star game.

The only caveat? David Lee will play in the game, but teammate Stephen Curry will not.

That, according to Warriors coach Mark Jackson, means justice was not served.

Asked Wednesday if he thought both players deserved to make the trip to Sunday's game in Houston, Jackson was adamant in the affirmative.

"It'd be right to have two Warriors there," he said. "Other than that, it won't be fun at all for me.

"I have two guys that deserve it. Our record states that. Their play states it and I'm just hoping justice prevails."

The coaches in the Western Conference, who vote for the reserves, saw it otherwise.

"I'm really excited to make it, but it's really bittersweet right now because we've been the leaders of this team all year long and I think one of the main reasons that I made it in and that we both had a good shot is because of the team's record," Lee said. "I think him and I are equally responsible for that along with the other guys on the team."

Lee said Curry was the first congratulatory text message he received after the news broke and is hopefully Curry could still play in the game, as an injury replacement.

"If it's up to me, he definitely makes it over guys who don't have winning records," Lee said.

At the halfway point, the Warriors (26-15) have league's seventh-best record and are off to their best start since the 1991-92 season.

It's Lee's second all-star selection, following his appearance in 2010 when he a member of the New York Knicks. That season, Lee was selected as a replacement for injured Allen Iverson. Coincidentally, the Knicks were in the midst of a nine-year stretch without an All-Star -- a drought that began after the 2001 game when Sprewell and Alan Houston represented the team.

After the team's 104-99 win against Oklahoma City on Wednesday, Lee speculated what it would for the duo to be selected to the game.

"It would mean a lot. I think the reason we'd be all stars is because of our team's resurgence," Lee said. "This team has been without an all star since 1997 and I think we've made great strides this  year, so Steph Curry for all star."

Lee ranks 11th in the NBA in scoring (19.6 ppg), eighth in rebounding (10.8) and is second with 26 double doubles. His 17 20-point, 10-rebound performances are the most in the league.

The Western Conference coaches voted for three backcourt reserve players -- Tony Parker (Spurs), Russell Westbrook (Thunder) and James Harden (Rockets) -- ahead of Curry, who outplayed Westbrook in Golden State's win over the Thunder.

It would have been Curry's first career All-Star selection, but he's not a stranger to the All-Star weekend festivities.

In 2010, he scored 14 points to help the rookies defeat the sophomores in the Rising Stars Challenge and also participated in the Three-Point Shootout. He was apart of a losing effort for the sophomores in the game the following year and beat out Russell Westbrook to win the Skills Challenge.

"When you go there and you're a participant in one of those events, you notice the different guys that are there for the big game," Curry said. "They have their own schedule, they have their own things that they have going on. Going there and knowing that Sunday is the big game and that's what everyone is gearing up for, you want to be apart of that."

Curry leads the Warriors and ranks eighth in the NBA in scoring (20.9 ppg), is tied for 13th in assists per game (6.6) and 14th in steals per game (1.7). In

Warriors turned to Twitter to post their feelings: