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O’Neal, Malone among All-Star reserves

January 28, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ Shaquille O’Neal, a four-time starter for the NBA’s Eastern Conference All-Star team, today was chosen a reserve for the Western Conference team.

The Los Angeles Lakers center, the league’s No. 2 scorer behind Chicago’s Michael Jordan, was among seven reserves selected by the West coaches for the Feb. 9 game in Cleveland. In his first four seasons in the league, O’Neal played for the East as a member of the Orlando Magic.

The Nos. 3, 4 and 5 scorers _ Karl Malone of Utah, Latrell Sprewell of Golden State and Mitch Richmond of Sacramento _ also were picked for the West team.

The other West reserves will be Clyde Drexler of Houston, Tom Gugliotta of Minnesota and Eddie Jones of the Lakers.

The East reserves will be Vin Baker of Milwaukee, Terrell Brandon of Cleveland, Tim Hardaway and Alonzo Mourning of Miami, Dikembe Mutombo and Christian Laettner of Atlanta, and Glen Rice of Charlotte.

The starters for both teams were announced previously.

For the East, it will be Jordan and Penny Hardaway of Orlando at guard, Patrick Ewing of New York at center, and Grant Hill and Scottie Pippen of Chicago at forward. For the West, it’s Gary Payton of Seattle and John Stockton of Utah at guard, Hakeem Olajuwon of Houston at center, and Charles Barkley and Shawn Kemp of Seattle at forward.

Doug Collins of Detroit will coach the East and Rudy Tomjanovich of Houston will coach the West.

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