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Spoelstra chooses Bosh to start in All-Star Game

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Miami will now send three starters to the All-Star Game, the first time since 1990 that one team has accomplished that feat.

Chris Bosh dunks the ball home.
Chris Bosh dunks the ball home.
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Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who will guide the Eastern Conference All-Star team Sunday night, said that he would start Chris Bosh in favor of injured Rajon Rondo for the All-Star game. The NBA champion head coach said that his loyalties lie with the Heat.

Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade all starting Sunday marks the first time since 1990 that a team sent three starters to the All-Star game. The 1990 Los Angeles Lakers had Magic Johnson, A.C. Green and James Worthy represent the Western Conference as starters, although all three players received those positions thanks to the fan vote.

This decision was a bit controversial, considering that a center replaced a point guard in the lineup. But the Heat earned the best record in the East and deserve all the spoils that come with it. The All-Star game is a glorified exhibition game in which many players don't get serious until the halfway point of the fourth quarter. Who cares if James has to do most of the ball-handling? Most of the time, people just get out of each other's way in this game.