OAKLAND — Stephen Curry will be flying solo to New Orleans. The 2014 NBA All-Star rosters were filled out by the league's coaches Thursday, and Warriors forward David Lee was not among the honorees.
Lee, averaging 19.0 points per game to go along with 9.8 rebounds (14th in the NBA entering Thursday's contest against the Los Angeles Clippers), will not be a back-to-back All-Star. The coaches went with two reserve forwards in the West, Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge and Dallas veteran Dirk Nowitzki. The team has four reserve guards.
“I tell you the truth, there's a lot of guys that deserve to be on the All-Star team,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “There's a lot of guys with great cases. We knew going in that people were gonna be disappointed. The guys that were selected were very deserving. You move forward.”
In fact, a player in the visiting locker room at Oracle Arena, DeAndre Jordan, may have more reason to gripe than Lee. Jordan leads the league in field-goal percentage (.647) and rebounds (13.9). He could be nearer the front of the line as an injury replacement for the Lakers' Kobe Bryant or the Clippers' Chris Paul, both of whom are injured right now.
Jackson had lobbied for Lee during the Warriors' 10-game winning streak in late December and early January, but his team has cooled off since then, losing six of nine games before the vote was announced. Asked whether he thought Golden State was deserving of a second All-Star, Jackson replied: “When I said it I believed we were. Obviously, as of late we haven't played at the same level. So it's understandable.”
Curry was voted by fans to start the game.