Lakers' Pau Gasol not selected to All-Star team
Pau Gasol will not be an All-Star for the first time since 2008. He was not picked to be a reserve on the Western Conference team, losing out to forwards LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland), Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Kevin Love (Minnesota).
The starting forwards for the West were announced last week--Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City and the Clippers' Blake Griffin.
Gasol's numbers are suffering almost across the board. He is averaging 16.4 points and 10.1 rebounds, down from 18.8 points and 10.2 rebounds last season. He is shooting 50.3%, down from 52.9% last season.
Memphis center Marc Gasol was selected to his first All-Star team. A former Lakers draft pick, Marc was sent to Memphis in 2008 as part of the trade that brought his brother to the Lakers. He is averaging 15 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Grizzlies.
Coaches selected the reserves. The starters were selected via fan voting. The Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum were chosen as starters for the West team.
Other reserves for the West were guards Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), Tony Parker (San Antonio) and Steve Nash (Phoenix).
The All-Star Game is Feb. 26 in Orlando.
-- Mike Bresnahan
Photo: Pau Gasol, left, fights for a rebound with Milwaukee's Luc Richard Mbah a Moute during a game on Jan. 28. Credit: Jim Prisching / Associated Press