Pau Gasol selected as reserve in NBA All-Star game, while Lamar Odom left out
It was just last week that Lakers forward Pau Gasol expressed uncertainty whether he'd make his fourth All-Star appearance, remarking that it'd be "up to the coaches."
Well, they spoke.
Gasol will among the Western Conference reserves, the NBA announced Thursday with coaches voting him at the center position. His playing time at the center position coincided with his dip in production from November to December in points (20.3, 16.3), field-goal percentage (54.1%, 49%) and rebounds per game (12.3, 9.5) when he filled in for Andrew Bynum for the first 24 games as he rehabbed his surgically repaired left knee. Nonetheless, Gasol ranked in the top five in scoring compared to other centers in the NBA.
Meanwhile, Lakers forward Lamar Odom wasn't voted in as a reserve, despite being the team's most consistent player, posting 20 double doubles, which is tied for sixth best in the NBA with Warriors forward David Lee. There is a slight outside chance Odom could play, considering NBA Commissioner David Stern is selecting a replacement for the injured Yao Ming.
The Times' Barry Stavro has a list of all the NBA All-Stars on The Times' Fabulous Forum blog.
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