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Dwyane Wade and LeBron James named Eastern Conference All-Star starters

The NBA announced its All-Star Game starters on Thursday and its not surprising that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James will be representing the Heat on February 20th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.  These positions are voted on by the fans, so despite all the haters that boo LeBron wherever he goes, he still received more votes then any other small forward in the Eastern Conference. 

Wade and James are the second pair of Heat teammates to be named starters for the All-Star Game, as back in 2006 and 2007 D-Wade and Shaq were voted in.  I expect that Chris Bosh will be selected as one of the reserve players for the East, but that decision is will be made by the coaching staff.   The choices wont be made until next week.  If Bosh does make it on the team, it will be the first time in the Heat's 23-year history that they have 3 players in the All-Star Game. 

This will be the 6th time that D-Wade was voted as an All-Star starter and his 7th time playing in the game.  This will also be LeBron's 7th All-Star appearance, but he has been voted a starter every time.  James has been the MVP of the mid-season classic twice, in 2006 and 2008, and Wade was the MVP last season in Dallas. 

The other starters for the Eastern Conference are Orlando's Dwight Howard at center, the Knicks Amare Stoudemire at power forward and Chicago's Derrick Rose at point guard.