Los Angeles Lakers big man Pau Gasol won’t be starting in the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, but he was chosen as a reserve after the NBA’s head coaches voted to decide which of the non-starters would be represented in Los Angeles for the NBA’s annual affair.
Gasol, a nine-year NBA veteran, will be appearing in his fourth All-Star game after previously playing in the 2005-06, 2008-09 and 2009-10 renditions.
Gasol was practically a no-brainer to be voted in by the coaches as he’s currently averaging 18.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 blocks in the Lakers 49 games so far this season.
Lamar Odom and Andrew Bynum, the other two possible Lakers that were considered possible All-Stars that could have been voted in to play alongside Kobe Bryant and Gasol, were not selected.
The game will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 20 at the Staples Center.