Shaq back as NBA All Star

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday Jan. 29, 2009

NEW YORK (AP) -- After being left out of the NBA All-Star festivities last year, Shaquille O'Neal is back in the All-Star game. O'Neal received his 15th All-Star selection today when the reserves were announced for the Feb. 15 game in Phoenix.

O'Neal and Suns teammate Amare Stoudemire gives the host team two Western Conference All-Stars.

New Orleans, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Lakers also had multiple players on the West roster, which will be coached by the Lakers' Phil Jackson.

The Orlando Magic made out best in the East, with Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis picked as reserves by the conference's coaches alongside starter Dwight Howard. It's the first time Orlando has had three All-Stars.

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