OKC Thunder's Russell Westbrook named NBA All-Star reserve

Oklahoma City will have two representatives in the NBA All-Star Game in Orlando. Russell Westbrook was chosen as a reserve, joining teammate Kevin Durant, who will start for the West.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, jrohde@opubco.com Published: February 9, 2012

Joining Westbrook as Western reserves will be forward Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas), center LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland), center Marc Gasol (Memphis), forward Kevin Love (Minnesota), guard Steve Nash (Phoenix) and guard Tony Parker (San Antonio).

Chosen as Eastern reserves were forward Paul Pierce (Boston), forward Chris Bosh (Miami), forward Luol Deng (Chicago), center Roy Hibbert (Indiana), guard Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia), guard Joe Johnson (Atlanta) and guard Deron Williams (New Jersey Nets).

Reserves were chosen by the league's 30 head coaches, who were asked to vote for seven players in their respective conferences – two guards, two forwards, one center and two players regardless of position – and were not permitted to vote for players from their own team.

Starters were selected by fan balloting.

Western starters: Durant, former Oklahoma standout Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers), guard Chris Paul (Clippers), guard Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers) and center Andrew Bynum (Lakers).

Eastern starters: Forward LeBron James (Miami), forward Carmelo Anthony (New York), guard Dwyane Wade (Miami), guard Derrick Rose (Chicago), and center Dwight Howard (Orlando).

The East and West coaches and coaching staffs will be determined by the best record in the conference through games played Feb. 15.

Heading into Thursday's game against the Kings, Brooks was one victory away from becoming the Western Conference coach.

NBA commissioner David Stern will select replacements for any player unable to participate. If the injured player is a starter, the head coach of that team will determine who replaces him in the starting lineup.

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