2006 NBA All-Star Game Reserves Announced
Detroit Pistons guards Chauncey Billups and
Richard Hamilton will be appearing in their first NBA All-Star Game,
joining frontcourt teammates Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace after having
been selected by the coaches as reserves for the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.
This is the first time in NBA All-Star Game history that the coaches have
selected four teammates as reserves and the seventh time that a team will
have four representatives in the All-Star Game. The 2006 NBA All-Star
Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Toyota Center in Houston.
Joining the Pistons foursome as reserves will be first-time All-Star
forward Chris Bosh of the Toronto Raptors with forwards Paul Pierce of
the Boston Celtics and Vince Carter of the New Jersey Nets rounding out
the Eastern reserves.
Two Western Conference players are also making their initial All-Star
appearance as center Pau Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies and guard Tony
Parker of the 2005 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs have each been invited
to Houston. Also named to the Western Conference All-Star team are guard
Ray Allen of the Seattle SuperSonics and forwards Dirk Nowitzki of the
Dallas Mavericks, Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers, Kevin Garnett
of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Shawn Marion of the Phoenix Suns.
The 14 players selected -- seven each from the Eastern and Western
Conferences -- were chosen by the 30 NBA 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. They were
not permitted to vote for players from their own team.
Previously selected as starters for the East through the 2006 NBA
All-Star Balloting Program were Cleveland’s LeBron James, Indiana’s
Jermaine O’Neal, Miami’s Shaquille O’Neal and Dwyane Wade and
Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson. Houston’s Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming, Los
Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Phoenix’s Steve Nash and San Antonio’s Tim
Duncan will start for the West.
On February 10, Washington Wizards forward Gilbert Arenas was named by NBA Commissioner David Stern as the replacement for injured East All-Star Jermaine O’Neal.
The 2005-06 Pistons joins the Celtics (1952-53, 1961-62 and 1974-75),
L.A. Lakers (1961-62 and 1997-98) and Philadelphia 76ers (1982-83) as the
only teams in All-Star Game history to have four players selected to play
in an single All-Star Game.
The selections of Gasol (Spain), Nowitzki (Germany) and Parker (France)
along with voted-starters Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands), Nash (Canada) and
Yao (China), gives the 2006 NBA All-Star Game a record-tying six
international players in one year. The 2003, 2004 and 2005 NBA All-Star
Games each featured six international players on the rosters.
Should any player be unable to participate in the All-Star Game due to
injury, NBA Commissioner David Stern will select the replacement.
Flip Saunders of Detroit coaches the Eastern Conference All-Stars and
Avery Johnson makes his All-Star coaching debut representing the Western
Conference. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is not eligible
to coach in the 2006 NBA All-Star Game because he coached in last year’s
The NBA All-Star Game will be televised live nationally on TNT in the
United States and on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada at 7 p.m. CT/ 8 p.m. ET.
Live audio broadcasts are available on ESPN Radio and on NBA.com in
For the fourth consecutive year, NBA All-Stars will wear uniforms created
just for the game. This year's All-Stars will be outfitted in new
uniforms from Reebok which were inspired by the exploration of space and
the Texas state flag. As has become tradition, the East will be the road
team wearing predominantly royal blue uniforms accented with red and
silver, while the West will be the home team wearing white uniforms with
red as the featured color and royal and gold accents. The NBA logo on the
jersey has been enhanced with the All-Star version and the player's team
is represented with the team logo on the center back neck of the jersey.
Through the Balloting program, which ran from Nov. 17, 2005 through Jan.
22, fans had the opportunity to vote in NBA arenas, in 19 languages on
the NBA.com Network, in approximately 130 Loews Cineplex Entertainment
movie theaters in the United States and through mobile phones at t-zones
using T-Mobile service or wap.nba.com for any wireless carrier. This
year’s All-Star Balloting partners include T-Mobile, AOL, NBA 2K6, Xbox
and retailers GameStop & Electronics Boutique.
Following are the complete rosters for the East and West teams for the
2006 NBA All-Star Game at Toyota Center in Houston:
2006 EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
Allen Iverson (Philadelphia) G 6-0 165 06/07/75 Georgetown 7
Dwyane Wade (Miami) G 6-4 212 01/17/82 Marquette 2
LeBron James (Cleveland) G 6-8 245 12/30/85 St. Vincent/St. Mary HS 2
Jermaine O’Neal (HURT) (Indiana) F 6-11 226 10/13/78 Eau Claire HS 5
Shaquille O’Neal (Miami) C 7-1 325 03/06/72 LSU 13
Gilbert Arenas has been named as the replacement for Jermaine O'Neal.
Chauncey Billups (#) (Detroit) G 6-3 202 09/25/76 Colorado 1
Chris Bosh (#) (Toronto) F 6-10 235 03/24/84 Georgia Tech 1
Vince Carter (New Jersey) F 6-6 220 01/26/77 North Carolina 7
Richard Hamilton (#) (Detroit) G 6-7 193 02/14/78 Connecticut 1
Paul Pierce (Boston) F 6-6 230 10/13/77 Kansas 5
Ben Wallace (Detroit) F 6-9 240 09/10/74 Virginia Union 4
Rasheed Wallace (Detroit) F 6-11 225 09/17/74 North Carolina 3
Head Coach: Flip Saunders (Detroit)
Assistant Coaches: Sidney Lowe (Detroit), Ron Harper (Detroit), Don
Athletic Trainer: Ted Arzonico (Orlando)
2006 WESTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STARS
Steve Nash (Phoenix) G 6-3 180 02/07/74 Santa Clara 4
Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers) G 6-6 220 08/23/78 Lower Merion HS 8
Tracy McGrady (Houston) F 6-8 210 05/24/79 Mt. Zion Academy (HS) 6
Tim Duncan (San Antonio) F 7-0 260 04/25/76 Wake Forest 8
Yao Ming (Houston) C 7-6 310 09/12/80 China 4
Ray Allen (Seattle) G 6-5 205 07/20/75 Connecticut 6
Elton Brand (L.A. Clippers) F 6-8 265
03/11/79 Duke 2
Kevin Garnett (Minnesota) F 6-11 220 05/19/76 Farragut Academy (HS) 9
Pau Gasol (#) (Memphis) C 7-0 227 07/06/80 Spain 1
Shawn Marion (Phoenix) F 6-7 228 05/07/78 UNLV 3
Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) F 7-0 245 06/19/78 Germany 5
Tony Parker (#) (San Antonio) G 6-2 177 05/17/82 France 1
Head Coach: Avery Johnson (Dallas)
Assistant Coaches: Del Harris (Dallas), Rolando Blackman (Dallas), Joe
Athletic Trainer: Keith Jones (Houston)
#denotes first-time selection
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