2013 NBA All-Star Game Starters announced. LeBron reaches 20,000 points. Alvin Gentry part ways with Suns.

The starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game has been announced. One player makes history, while another coach gets the boot. Here are the highlights from Week 12 of the 2012-13 NBA season.

2013 NBA All-Star Game starters announced.
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The starters for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game to be held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas has been announced over the week. Here are the starters from both conferences.In the Western Conference, four of the five starters came from teams playing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers will be joined in the backcourt by Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers  In the frontcourt, it will be Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
 
Bryant, who was also the lead vote-getter for the All-Star Game at 1,591,437 will make his 15th straight All-Star appearance. Paul meanwhile will make his 6th All-Star appearance. Howard will make his 7th All-Star appearance and his 1st for the Western Conference. Griffin will make his 3rd All-Star appearance while Durant who finish 3rd overall in voting at 1,504,047 will make his 4th All-Star appearance.
 
In the Eastern Conference, four of the five starters also came from two teams, LeBron James of the Miami Heat will be joined in the frontcourt by Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics. In the backourt it will be Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat together with Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics.
 
James, who finished 2nd in overall voting at 1,583,646 will make his 9th All-Star appearance. Anthony who finished 4th in overall voting at 1,460,950 will make his 6th All-Star appearance. Garnett will make his 15th All-Star appearance (ties the record with Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal for 2nd most All-Star appearances). Wade who finished 5th overall in voting at 1,052,310 will make his 9th All-star appearance while Rondo will make his 4th All-star appearance and his 1st as a starter.
 
The reserves for the All-Star game will be announced next week and it will be determined by the 30 head coaches of the NBA. As for the head coach of both conferences, it will also be determined in the standings after January 30, 2013. Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau and Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks are not eligible to coach the East and West respectively as they were the head coach from last year’s All-Star game in Orlando.
 
LeBron James reaches 20,000 career points.
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In their 92-75 victory against the Golden State Warriors at the Oracle Arena in Oakland last January 16 (January 17 Manila time). LeBron James of the Miami Heat made history as he became the youngest player in NBA history to reach the 20,000 point mark for his career. James achieved the feat at 28 years and 17 days old when he made a 12 foot jumper with 2:45 left in the 1st half, he surpassed the feat set by Lakers guard Kobe Bryant who achieved the feat at 29 years and 122 days old. LeBron also surpassed the 5,000 assist mark for his career in the victory. Love him or hate him, LeBron James has proven himself worthy of a future Hall of Famer at the same time, he is in contention as one of the greatest basketball players of all-time.
 
Alvin Gentry part ways with the Suns.
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Another coach has been relieved of duty during the season as Alvin Gentry part ways with the Phoenix Suns after the Suns have dropped to a West-worst 13-28 record. Gentry becomes the fourth coach during this season to step down after Mike Brown of the Lakers, Avery Johnson of the Nets and Scott Skiles of the Bucks. Gentry who took over as head coach of the Suns in the middle of the 2008-09 season from Terry Porter finishes his near 4 season tenure with the Suns with an overall record of 158-144 (.543), He also led the Suns to one playoff appearance in 2010 where he led them all the way to the Western Conference Finals before falling in 6 games against the eventual champions and their Pacific rivals the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns will determine the interim head coach soon, but they have to play better as their season could be over early and miss the playoffs once again.
 
Meanwhile, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder wins his third Western Conference Player of the Week Award for Week 11, while Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks wins his second Eastern Conference Player of the Week Award for Week 11 after winning on the 1st week of the season.
 
Here are the standings from across the association:
 
Western Conference:
1. Thunder (32-8), 2. Clippers (32-9), 3. Spurs (32-11), 4. Grizzlies (26-13), 5. Warriors (24-15), 6. Nuggets (24-18), 7. Jazz (22-19), 8. Trail Blazers (20-20), 9. Rockets (21-21), 10. Timberwolves (17-20), 11. Lakers (17-22), 12. Mavericks (17-24), 13. Kings (16-25), 14. Hornets (13-27), 15. Suns (13-28)

Eastern Conference:
1. Heat (26-12), 2. Knicks (25-13), 3. Pacers (25-16), 4. Nets (24-16), 5. Bulls (23-16), 6. Hawks (22-18), 7. Bucks (21-18), 8. Celtics (20-19), 9. 76ers (17-23), 10. Magic (14-25), 11. Pistons (14-25), 13. Bobcats (10-30), 14. Cavaliers (10-32), 15. Wizards (8-30)

Stay tuned as a brand new edition of the NBA Weekly Blog comes your way next week.

K-Smoove
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