The San Antonio Express-News reports: If Tim Duncan’s streak of nine-straight All-Star starts ends this season, it won’t be the fault of Internet votes from China. A seven-person media committee placed Duncan among the 12 Western Conference centers on the official ballot for fan voting, but the NBA, with the committee’s blessing, has overturned that decision. Stressing that Duncan had been voted a starting forward the previous nine seasons, the Spurs formally requested that the NBA consider re-categorizing Duncan as a forward. The league made the change late Wednesday afternoon.

The Associated Press reports: Houston center Yao Ming gets overwhelming support from China and has been elected to start every year of his career. He received the highest vote total in history in 2005, and the fourth-highest ever last season. “It’s great that they did that. … It makes total sense and we’re thrilled that they made that change,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said in San Antonio. “That’s what he’s been, he’s been that way (a power forward) for 10 years. There’s no reason to change it.”