Horford on first All-Star berth: “It’s like a dream come true for me”

NBA Eastern Conference coaches voted Hawks guard Joe Johnson and center Al Horford to the All-Star team, the league announced tonight.

The Hawks last had two All-Stars in the same year in 1998, when Dikembe Mutombo and Steve
Smith
both made the team.

It’s the fourth straight All-Star selection for Johnson but the first for Horford. The Hawks selected Horford with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Florida and he’s already an All-Star at age 23.

“It’s like a dream come true for me,” he said. “When you’re playing basketball as a kid, you envision yourself making it to the NBA. And once you make it to this level, you work so hard to get to an All- Star level.

“It’s just a blessing for me to take part in this game.”

Johnson, 28, is the first Hawks player to reach four consecutive All-Star games since Mutombo from 1997-2001 (the game wasn’t played in 1999 due to the lockout). The Hawks acquired Johnson in a trade with Phoenix in August 2005.

“It means a lot to me to be selected as an All-Star again,” Johnson said. “It’s really a tribute to the Atlanta Hawks organization, and my teammates and coaches. I’ve put in a lot of hard work over the years, and over the summers, and it’s always nice to see it pay off.”

Hawks coach Mike Woodson also had lobbied coaches to vote for forward Josh Smith to make his first All-Star team but he couldn’t make an East roster that includes forwards Paul Pierce of Boston, Chris Bosh of Toronto and Gerald Wallace of Charlotte.

Rounding out the East reserves are Boston guard Rajon Rondo and Chicago guard Derrick Rose. Rondo, Wallace and Rose are also first-time All-Stars.

The All-Star game will be played Feb. 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Irving, Tex.

The 30 NBA head coaches were asked to vote for seven players in their conference: two guards, two forwards, one center and two players regardless of position. They were not allowed to vote for players on their team.

The West reserves include Utah’s Deron Williams, New Orleans’ Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Pau Gasol, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki, Memphis’ Zach Randolph and Portland’s Brandon Roy.

The starting lineups, selected by fan voting, were announced last week. The East starters are Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Philadelphia’s Allen Iverson, Cleveland’s LeBron James, Boston’s Kevin Garnett and Orlando’s Dwight Howard. Starting for the West are Phoenix’s Steve Nash, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Denver’s Carmelo Anthony, San Antonio’s Tim Duncan and Phoenix’s Amare Stoudemire.

118 comments Add your comment

O'Brien

January 28th, 2010
3:26 pm

rms

January 28th, 2010
3:27 pm

I am wit dat!!!

rms

January 28th, 2010
3:29 pm

dang it Obrien you beat me by a minute!

O'Brien

January 28th, 2010
3:37 pm

Congrats to Horford and JJ.

Josh was deserving too, but its hard to argue against Bosh and Gerald Wallace. However, I hope Josh uses the second half of the season to show coaches why they should not have left him off the team.

And for all the Horford haters, clearly coaches (who know the game) know the great job Horford is doing at center (despite being undersized, and despite playing out of position).

Win some, you lose some rms lol

hawksfan

January 28th, 2010
3:37 pm

Josh Smith was robbed.

NBA FANanatic

January 28th, 2010
3:37 pm

OMG!!!!! Josh Smith was ROBBED!!!!! No ONE on the entire Hawks team play Offense and Defense at the LEVEL he does!!!!!!!! Mike Brown and the Eastern Coaches need to be PIMP Slapped!!!!!!!!

IfYourNotFirstYourLast

January 28th, 2010
3:39 pm

WGAS if you are first? That is the stupidest thing. I just don’t get you people!

GeeMack

January 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

I think Josh should have made it, but if he gets his rebound up to 11 or 12 per game there is no way he is left off the team. Something to shood for the rest of the season.

JEWELL ROLLEN

January 28th, 2010
3:47 pm

congrats to al and joe. smoove. keep on doin’ what you do!

Rod from College Park

January 28th, 2010
3:50 pm

Why didn’t Marvin Williams make it? LOL

BBgenie

January 28th, 2010
3:55 pm

Smooth will turn a negitive into a positive. Playoffs MVP. Defensive player of the Year. Hawks in 77!!!!!!

Saab

January 28th, 2010
3:55 pm

You got to be kidding me, Bosh/Wallace. Folks are concerned about fan voting. Crap, these freaking coached can’t get it right either. Keep up the stellar work Josh. You are recognized. My recommendation is to scrap the entire competition. It serves no purpose. Star players risk the chance of getting injured. You got guys worth $100M dollars flying around like there is not a second-half to the season.

Good Grief

January 28th, 2010
3:56 pm

Honestly, im happy but im like most of you. If one guy should have made the all star team from the Hawks this year it should have been Josh Smith, and i’m not trying to take anything from what both Big Al and JJ give us. I just think on a nightly basis Josh has given the Hawks his all and without him on the floor this year I doubt this team has as many wins as they do.

drunk dawg

January 28th, 2010
3:57 pm

j smooth…if you read this, keep up the hard work…you will get it next year

k-money

January 28th, 2010
3:59 pm

Smith did deserve to there, but so does BOsh and Wallace. But, Hawks fans know how instrumental Josh has been to our team. If the “fans” hadnt voted in Iverson (what a f’ing joke) there would be a spot for Smoov who is actually deserving unlike Iverson. thats the problem with the all-star game.

jean

January 28th, 2010
4:01 pm

hortford is the least deserving of the big 4 and he makes it only cause there not many centers…..even thoe i think david lee should have made it…..its crazy how crawford is the go to guy on 3rd seed team and nooo alstar love

Melvin

January 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

Put me down for Josh was robbed as well. Derrick Rose????? No way he should have made the team over Josh… The coaches got it wrong with Rose and the Fans got it wrong with Iverson.

SirReal

January 28th, 2010
4:04 pm

No J-Smooth?!!!! i just knew we’d get the trifecta!!! Congrats to JJ and Horford though. They are deserving. i’m just glad to see the Hawks finally getting some well deserved respect and consideration.

JM

January 28th, 2010
4:09 pm

Got to agree with most, Josh got robbed. Only hope he goes on a tear to prove his doubters wrong. Go Hawks!

Melvin

January 28th, 2010
4:09 pm

Horford an All-Star. Somebody better keep an eye on Clyde. I’m not sure he can handle this news along with his boy Sean Williams being out of the league as well…..

Sautee

January 28th, 2010
4:09 pm

Somewhere truth-serum is losing his mind. ;-)

LOL!

GeeMack

January 28th, 2010
4:10 pm

Saab

Look at the stats Bosh & Wallace stats are a lot better than Josh and their team’s are winning.

I MUS WRITE

January 28th, 2010
4:12 pm

Careful Rod from Cp sumbody might think ur serious…. Congrats to Al and JJ.
Smoove was’nt robbed IMO- He’s been balln this year but David Lee is just as deseving, Now AI and Rose leave me scratching my head.

My goodness are we in middle school with all the Im first crap, is MC handing out gift baskets for posting first….Im disgusted lol

Kiki

January 28th, 2010
4:14 pm

Can someone please check on Truth-Serum and Clyde? After reading the news that the UNDERSIZED ONE has made it into the ASG they might have gotten a stroke or may intend to cut their veins.

I MUS WRITE

January 28th, 2010
4:15 pm

Melvin is Shawn Williams really out of the league? I must have missed that…. Clyde wont be around for a while he’s busy removing himself from Shawn’s crotch area.

Agreed Gmack-bosh and wallace deserve the nod over Smoove IMO…….

Joe's place Joe speaking

January 28th, 2010
4:18 pm

Wallace is garbage!!!!!!! There is no way anybody in their right mind would choose Wallace over Smoove when starting a team!! Maybe if Wallace was a small forward but no way would I pick wallace over josh is I was picking a team of 5. Josh is the best defensive player in the league on a top 5 team in the Nba!! Sorry Josh you deserve it!!!

Melvin

January 28th, 2010
4:20 pm

IMUS,

I think the Nets waive him a few weeks back….

Sautee

January 28th, 2010
4:21 pm

You guys KNOW what a Horford fan I am. And of course I’m delighted. That said….

I can’t help but wonder in a choice between many deserving centers (Lee, Lopez, Shaq) if it came down to the league wanting a Dominican born player in the ASG to help promote their diversity?

Of course I’m not saying that Al didn’t deserve it…. just wondering if his heritage (and the push by the league to widen their appeal) gave him a boost.

Then again, I personally think that his solid play wows opposing coaches. So, who’s to say?

Joe's place Joe speaking

January 28th, 2010
4:22 pm

Sorry I was a little upset as I wrote that last post. But Wallace is a 3 not a 4 and Smoove is a note exciting player as well. Allstar weekend is about showboating and Wallace is not exciting!!

Melvin

January 28th, 2010
4:25 pm

Sautee,

I dont think that played a factor but you make a good point. I think AL was the idea selection given Shaq reduce production/playing time and Lopez/Lee teams are losing.

Melvin

January 28th, 2010
4:27 pm

Joe’s Place,

Wallace not exciting!!! Uh, isn’t he in the slam dunk competition.

Hawks & Suns

January 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

up set smoove didnt make it, but bosh is a all star and wallace deserves the nod as well. on the west zach randolph does deserve it but paul gasol over chris kaman, really? gasol has played less than half the games up to date. Kamans stats are awesome to. Clearly because he is a Laker.

props al and joe

Clarence

January 28th, 2010
4:29 pm

Why is Dwight Howard’s name the only one that’s not in bold print?

d

January 28th, 2010
4:37 pm

Keep up the good work Josh! Find a way to get your Coach and team to figure out how to stop these quick guards from wearing out the hawks in the paint (i.e. parker, nate robinson). Do that and we beat everyone but Cleveland/Orlando. Then we pray the big man lurking on the bench is ready for that task in the post season.

JerryWest

January 28th, 2010
4:44 pm

Don’t worry guys. Garnett will sit out to rest his knees and Smoove will play.

Peter

January 28th, 2010
4:49 pm

Great for Al and JJ………….

Josh is improving all the time………BUT…..his foul shooting has to improve, if that does… his over all points average will improve, and he will be eligible soon.

But he is Energy and D when we need it so we like him anyhow !

The Hawks continue to improve, hopefully come playoff time they will be #1 healthy, and #2 really playing their best ball.

I see the energy starting the game, and the over all Offensive movement as the biggest weakness…..

Then of course the Achilles heel is Marvin Williams……. who’s lack of improvement, and production holds us back, despite the silly (BIG) contract they gave him.

Reggie

January 28th, 2010
4:50 pm

Like Al’s game but Josh Smith has been an all star this year. Really has matured.

hawkfan

January 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

Yes, Josh was robbed … plus his athleticism and leaping ability are perfect for All-Star game highlight moments so I dont understand why he was left out.

But I disagree with earlier comments discrediting D Rose. Having followed a number of his games this year, he is probably the best PG in the east. His speed and strength in the air are second to none, and his outside shot has been very consistent lately. Besides, he is the only true PG selected on the East squad aside from Rondo (I am not counting Iverson b/c IMO he should not even be an all-star).

Astro Joe

January 28th, 2010
4:51 pm

Congrats to Al and Joe. I think Josh should have made it… his 2nd half performance last night was OUTSTANDING! Hopefully, the Logo will be right and Josh Smith will get in much like Roddy White made it at the last minute.

BONE

January 28th, 2010
4:52 pm

Glad Al made it. But Josh deserved it more. Josh should mos def use this as motivation and bang on everybody.

True Hawks Fan

January 28th, 2010
4:55 pm

Josh Smith got robbed.

BONE

January 28th, 2010
4:59 pm

Josh is gonna unleash is anger on the Celtics

Clyde

January 28th, 2010
4:59 pm

Horford an Allstar?? They probably picked him for his lack of defense to make the game more entertaining cause the lane will be wide open. 15th in the league in rebounds/game, 26th in blocks/game, and averaging 13 points/game and your an All-Star????

Jsmoove is the heart and soul of this Hawks team and he got robbed.

KellieJenee

January 28th, 2010
5:05 pm

Congrats Joe and Al!!! You both deserve it!! Josh should have made the team, but what doesn’t kill you just makes you stronger. Keep doing your thing Josh, your time is coming!! :)

Now before we get to excited about all star weekend, lets continue to take care of business. We must sweep Boston and beat Orlando this weekend!!

Good Luck, I’ll be cheering you on!!

I love my Hawks!!

Native Son

January 28th, 2010
5:09 pm

I’ve been quiet pretty much all season, but this is right up there with watching another kid take your kid’s candy. You almost want to push the other kid yourself. The bias in pro sports has got to go. The second half belongs to you Josh, show them what you’re really made of, and get out of the ref’s ear. Remember Jay Bilas too.

fudd21

January 28th, 2010
5:09 pm

WOW! I know we are all fans and would like to see our guys on the All-Star team but I don’t see how anyone could say that Bosh, Wallace, or Pierce don’t deserve to be on the team. Have you seen the numbers that Bosh and Wallace are putting up and Pierce is still playing at a All-Star level.
Joe Speaking have you actually ever seen Wallace play? To call him not exciting I wonder if you have. The cat brings an energy level that no one on the Hawks brings with the exception of Mario and is athletic as anyone you will see.

BONE

January 28th, 2010
5:10 pm

The game against the Spurs shows that Josh has been our best player this year. And he gets snubbed.

rms

January 28th, 2010
5:13 pm

dang its a joke!! Chill out! Granted its not the funniest but its just for laughs. Anyway I think the perception of Josh being just a dunker and can block a few shots is what kept him from getting in. He is not known on a NATIONAL level for having polished offensive skills and putting up consistent numbers. Local fans that watch the Hawks on the regular attest to the fact that he is the heart and soul to our team when he is focused on both ends of the floor as long as the fouls are called in his favor!!!

blonju

January 28th, 2010
5:17 pm

CONGRATS TO JOE & AL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BUT,

josh’s numbers are lower because he’s only playing 33 minutes a night this year… the reason: we’ve won a lot of games in the 3rd quarter this year – if josh is on the bobcats, he’ll have the same numbers as g. wallace or better – come on people!! anybody arguing that josh is too immature or his numbers aren’t good enough, doesn’t know basketball.. speaking on his “immaturity,” josh smith: 7 technical fouls this year – dwight howard: 11 technicals!! everyone who has watched the hawks THIS YEAR knows SMOOVE was robbed.. make up for it in the 2nd half Josh – ATL loves You!! and ATL loves the HAWKS (despite the lack of fans at the arena) !! let’s support these guys for REAL in the 2nd half!!

Elliot Garcia

January 28th, 2010
5:18 pm

Al Horford is the man! Go Gators!