Chris Bosh will start in the All-Star Game, giving the NBA champion Miami Heat three starters for the Eastern Conference. Bosh said he was...
HOUSTON — Chris Bosh will start in the All-Star Game, giving the NBA champion Miami Heat three starters for the Eastern Conference.
Bosh said he was told Friday by Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, who will lead the East, he had been chosen to replace injured Boston guard Rajon Rondo in the lineup.
Bosh will join teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as starters Sunday.
Faried scores 40
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Kenneth Faried had 40 points and 10 rebounds and entertained the crowd at the end with a series of dunks, leading Team Chuck to a 163-135 victory over Team Shaq in the Rising Stars Challenge.
Faried, in his second season with Denver, made 18 of 22 shots and was selected the game’s most valuable player. He’ll compete Saturday night in the dunk contest at All-Star Weekend and offered a sneak preview of what he has planned with a series of powerful jams.
For the second straight year, the rosters of both teams were a mix of rookie and second-year players and former stars Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley served as opposing general managers.
Billy Hunter, the embattled executive director of the NBA players union, could be terminated Saturday afternoon, without the chance to directly address the union’s leadership or to defend himself against charges of nepotism and mismanagement. Hunter, 70, has not been invited to Saturday’s meeting, and his lawyers are assuming that he will not be permitted to attend.
With that in mind, Hunter’s lawyers released a lengthy statement defending his record and rebutting the charges that were presented in an independent audit last month. The audit, prepared by the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, faulted Hunter’s business and hiring practices and questioned the validity of his $3 million-a-year contract, which the firm concluded had not been properly approved.
Hunter was placed on indefinite leave by the union’s executive committee on Feb. 1. Player representatives from all 30 teams are expected to decide his fate at their All-Star meeting.
• The NBA put its entire statistical history online at NBA.com/stats and made it available to everyone. Previously it was available only to teams and league personnel, and only recently to media.