Chris Bosh, seven first-timers headed to NBA all-star game as reserves

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NEW YORK - Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh is headed back to the NBA all-star game.
Bosh and Utah's Deron Williams, both Dallas natives, will take part in the showcase event in their hometown, which will include seven first-time selections.
The Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks each had two players picked as reserves Thursday for the Feb. 14 game at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo were chosen from the Celtics, while the Hawks are sending Joe Johnson and Al Horford.
Rondo and Horford will both make their first all-star appearances, as will Oklahoma City swingman Kevin Durant, Charlotte's Gerald Wallace, Memphis forward Zach Randolph, Chicago's Derrick Rose and Williams.
Among those missing out were New York's David Lee and Clippers centre Chris Kaman.
Bosh, an all-star for a fifth straight season, said playing in his hometown will be a unique experience.
"Just to be able to be an all-star year in and year out, that's a special feeling, but the fact that it's in Dallas is kind of a bittersweet thing," Bosh said before the Raptors faced the New York Knicks. "Sweet because I get to play in front of my home crowd and it's bitter because everybody wants tickets."
Bosh, Pierce and Johnson are the only reserves on the Eastern Conference roster with all-Star game experience.
"There's going to come a day that they don't pick me," Pierce said in Orlando, where the Celtics are facing the Magic. "So every time I get a chance to make it, it's definitely an honour."
The remainder of the Western Conference reserves were guards Chris Paul of New Orleans and Brandon Roy of Portland, Lakers forward Pau Gasol and Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, who was picked for the ninth time and will represent the home team.
"It is an honour to represent the Mavericks in my new hometown of Dallas," Nowitzki said. "I am always thankful for the opportunity to play in the all-star game. We hope to put on a good show for our fans."

Organizations: NBA, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors Atlanta Hawks New York Knicks

Geographic location: Dallas, NEW YORK, Utah Cowboys Stadium Arlington Oklahoma City Memphis Chicago Orlando New Orleans Portland

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