Marcus Camby is another one who I thought was deserving. But other than that, it's always a couple of guys that don't make it in both conferences that feel that they got snubbed, but that's not the case. That's just the way it goes. Everybody can't make it. You're going to have more than 12 guys who have great seasons and do unbelievable things. But that's all you can take. It's probably about four or five guys who are very deserving that won't play on this year's All-Star team. Mayberry: Even though he's put up great numbers so far, were you shocked that David West got the nod? Scott: No, not really. I thought that what he had been doing and the games that he's had that I thought were very significant. That San Antonio game in San Antonio was big. So I'm not really shocked. I thought it was going to be between David and Josh Howard and a guy like Carlos Boozer. But I was very pleased that he was selected. Mayberry: Is Chris Paul the first-half MVP? Scott: I would say so. To me, right now the top three would be Chris, LeBron (James) and Kobe (Bryant). But I think what this team has done and where we've come from and what everybody expected, we've exceeded everybody's expectation. So I would have to say he's the frontrunner right now. Mayberry: Why doesn't Jeff Bower either get or accept more credit for the job he's done? Scott: I think Jeff is just one of those guys who likes being behind the scenes. He doesn't get the credit that he deserves because he has done a hell of a job. But he's not looking for credit. He's just looking to do his job and make this team the best team that it could possible be. He's not searching out accolades. That's one of the great things about J.B. He just wants to try to give me the ammunition that I need to try to be successful, and he just goes about it in a mild-mannered way.
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The Hornets' Byron Scott will coach the Western Conference All-Stars on Feb. 17 in New Orleans. Associated press