Last season, David Lee was chosen to represent the Golden State Warriors in the NBA All-Star Game, the first Warrior to be named an All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997. However, many were upset at the fact that his teammate, Stephen Curry, was left off the roster.
It’s the exact opposite situation this season.
Curry was selected to start the All-Star Game — the first Warrior to do so since Sprewell in 1995 — but Lee was left off of this year’s roster. The announcement of the All-Star reserves was made on Thursday afternoon, and Lee was not one of the players named.
Instead, the coaches voted for LaMarcus Aldridge, Damian Lillard, Dwight Howard, James Harden, Tony Parker and Dirk Nowitzki.
Lee is averaging a double-double at 19 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. He is fifth in scoring amongst power forwards, behind Nowitzki, Aldridge, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin. All four of those players were chosen as All-Stars.
If Lee had been chosen, it would have been the first time that the Warriors had two All-Stars since Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin in 1993.
On Monday, Lee spoke about potentially joining Curry in New Orleans.
“I’d really like to make it. You work hard to help your team win games, so you hope that when the coaches vote, that they hope for guys on winning teams,” Lee told Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I would be excited to be there along with my teammate, Steph (Curry), and to represent the Warriors. That would be a great honor.”
A two-time All-Star, Lee was selected last season and in 2010 with the Knicks. He still has a chance to be named to this year’s team, as an injury replacement will be needed for Kobe Bryant and maybe for Chris Paul as well. However, other snubs such as Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and Goran Dragic stand a better chance of making it.
Briefly, a quote from Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, who claims that Warriors-Clippers is still not a rivalry, despite both teams’ recent rise to relevancy and their clear disdain for each other.
“It’s not a rivalry. We don’t have bad blood,” Mark Jackson told the Associated Press on Wednesday. “In this league, when you’re competing and teams are getting after it and you’re jockeying for playoff position in your same division, it makes it exciting. We embrace it. They embrace it.”
The Warriors play the Clippers tonight at 7:30 PST on TNT.