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Kevin Love Named 2011 NBA All-Star Game Reserve To Replace Yao Ming

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Kevin Love, NBA All-Star has a pretty nice ring to it, right?

Love was pretty disappointed yesterday when he found out that he wasn’t named a reserve on the 2011 NBA All-Star Game roster, but NBA Commissioner David Stern righted the coaches’ wrong Friday night by deciding Love would replace Houston Rockets center Yao Ming who can’t participate due to injury.

“I’ve been better,” Love said yesterday when asked for reaction to his being snubbed, “but I wasn’t very surprised . . . I truly and firmly believe in my heart that, solely on play alone, I should have been in there,” he said.

Thankfully he’ll be there, it just took more time than it should have to make it official.

Love, whose All-Star campaign included a campaign centered around a new cologne called NUMB#RS, was originally snubbed despite averaging 21.1 points and 15.5 rebounds while shooting an oustanding 44 percent from beyond the arc for an otherwise dismal Wolves team this season.

The All-Star game will be held February 20 in Los Angeles, California. West coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs will determine who replaces Yao in the starting lineup.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.