Kevin Love barely made the NBA All-Star game last season, having to be added as an injury replacement with Yao Ming being forced out of the contest, but it was a little bit easier for him this year. The Minnesota Timberwolves forward wasn't named a starter, but was a shoo-in as a reserve when the rosters were released on Thursday night.
Love was named one of seven reserves on the Western Conference roster, joining fellow big men Marc Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dirk Nowitzki along with guards Russell Westbrook, Steve Nash and Tony Parker. There are of course a couple of surprises in there, but Love wasn't one of them.
Love scored two points and grabbed four rebounds in last season's All-Star game. He's missed the team's past two games due to a suspension following his stepping on the face of Houston Rockets forward Luis Scola.