Davis, Mason, Garnett Now Starters
WASHINGTON (AP) _ Toronto’s Antonio Davis, Miami’s Anthony Mason and Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett were chosen as starters for Sunday’s NBA All-Star game, replacing players who can’t play.
Davis and Mason will open for the Eastern Conference team in place of Miami’s Alonzo Mourning and Orlando’s Grant Hill, both out for the season but voted as starters in the fan balloting.
Garnett will start for the Western Conference team, replacing Shaquille O’Neal, the Los Angeles Lakers’ center, who has a foot injury.
The new starters were chosen by the coaches _ Philadelphia’s Larry Brown for the East and Sacramento’s Rick Adelman for the West.
``This is just because of positions,″ Brown said of his selections. ``We don’t have a lot of size, but because of their starting lineup, that’s probably the appropriate thing to do. I don’t feel comfortable picking anybody _ they all deserve it.″
Adelman said the choice of Garnett was based on trying to get good matchups against the East.
``They got all the little guys, we got all the big guys,″ Adelman said, ``so I guess I’ll play zone.″