In what is always a hotly debated event, the NBA All-Star reserves were announced on Thursday afternoon.
Sports Illustrated gives us the lucky selected few from the West:
NBA All Star West Reserves: Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Zach Randolph, LaMarcus Aldridge, David Lee— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) January 25, 2013
And here are the East reserves:
You know the deal with this. The All-Star backups are chosen by all 30 head coaches, and no matter who gets the prestigious nod, some fans are overwhelmed with joy, while others are undoubtedly enraged with the fire of a thousand suns.
Much like it tends to do with this type of an event, Twitter went off the rails with excitement/anger.
Yahoo! Sports Adrian Wojnarowski ruined some of the suspense by tweeting this a mere 13 minutes before the selections were set to take place:
Philadelphia guard Jrue Holiday has been selected to the Eastern Conference All-Star reserves, league sources tell Y!— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 24, 2013
This man knows way too much.
Golden State has David Lee to thank for breaking this truly unbelievable streak (via ESPN Stats & Info):
Golden State's streak of 15 straight seasons without an All-Star selection is the longest gap of its kind for any franchise in NBA history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 25, 2013
The city very easily could have had Stephen Curry to thank as well, but the talented guard was left off the list. That didn't stop him from congratulating his boy:
Team chemistry: Up.
Naturally, things weren't all so positive. CBS Sports' Matt Moore wasn't exactly thrilled about Chris Bosh being selected over Brook Lopez:
Bosh over Lopez is a travesty.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) January 25, 2013
Also, TNT's Charles Barkley might be taking the Stephen Curry snub a little too seriously (via ESPN's Chris Palmer):
Barkley on Steph Curry All-Star snub: "I'm so pissed off my head is going to explode."— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) January 25, 2013
Chuck wasn't done. In classic Chuck fashion, he invented his own term (via NBA on TNT):
Grantland's Bill Simmons laid out the West's situation:
West All-Stars had 14 candidates for 12 spots, you knew 2 guys would get screwed. I would've gone with Curry + Gasol over Z-Bo + Aldridge.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) January 25, 2013
That seemed to be the consensus.
Congrats the all the All-Stars this year! Well deserved and especially S/O to the 1st timers! Don't air ball that 1st shot. Hahaha— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 25, 2013