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Chris Bosh to start in place of Rajon Rondo in All-Star Game

Feb 15, 2013, 3:28 PM EST

Miami Heat's Bosh descends after dunking in the first half of their NBA basketball game against Portland Trail Blazers in Miami, Florida Reuters

HOUSTON — Eric Spoelstra takes his “positionless” basketball seriously.

Given the choice for who would start for the injured Rajon Rondo in the All-Star Game Sunday, the Heat coach went with one of his own. And he knew from the start.

“I decided when we beat Toronto and we clinched (back on Feb. 3)…” Spoelstra said, adding he just didn’t want it to be public yet. “I told Chris and his wife that night, we had a Super Bowl party that night and I told him.

“My allegiance and my loyalty are with the Heat and with Chris — and to be fair he is one of the leading vote getters anyway. It all works out and it fits with our positionless style.”

Spoelstra sounds like he wants to have a lot of fun with the positionless lineups as he has a team of All-Stars to experiment with. Tyson Chandler had talked about wanting to be out on the court with Kevin Garnett to put a defense first lineup on the court and see how that goes.

“Hopefully we can play a few different lineups of positionless basketball,” Spoelstra said. “Maybe get some seven footers out there, all the seven footers, and maybe go some all perimeter players out there.”

  1. ihavenonickname - Feb 15, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Ya know Spo is being pretty annoying, but I would totally want to watch these weird lineups.

  2. miamatt - Feb 15, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    This makes sense for three reasons:

    1) Bosh should have gotten the starting nod over KG in the first place, his season has been statistically better: KG has a slight edge in rebounds (7.7 to 7.4) and a small one in assists (2.3 to 1.5), most significantly. Bosh has the edge in blocks, KG in steals. But Bosh has significant edges in points, FG%, FT%, and PER while also playing more minutes

    2) If you think team play should be reflected in all-star selection, that speaks for itself.

    3) Spoelstra’s loyalty is first and foremost to the Miami Heat. He can’t well call CB “our most important player” and then not start him when it is Spo’s decision alone. Furthermore, of Miami’s big three, Bosh is the player who sacrificed the most in terms of personal stats, recognition, and even respect. The Heat organization knows it has to recognize Bosh’s contributions, at least internally.

  3. supremekingz - Feb 15, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    They should have fun, like put all giants on the court at once, or all guards. It’s not like anyone’s playing defense. This could be epic

  4. asublimeday - Feb 15, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    This is why the heat failed in year 1. This guy likes his gimmicks too much.

    • thenmoveback - Feb 15, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Or maybe it’s why they successed in Year 2?

    • pantsfreezone - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:15 PM

      Only a moron would call a first year trip to the Finals a failure.

  5. jeremyhurst - Feb 15, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    As a Cavs fan, this is f-ing stupid. We vote on a position by position basis for a reason. We don’t vote for overall players, we vote per position. We vote 2 G’s and 3 F/C players. The starting lineup here is G-F-F-F-F? That’s just bending the rules becuase you’re a biased jerk off.

    Who cares if that’s what you run in Miami? This isn’t Miami, it’s the freakin all star game.

    Kyrie is getting hosed. (I think he’s better than Rondo anywys and should start regardless)

    • heat256 - Feb 15, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Guess what Einstein? When Rondo got hurt the coach has at his discretion to put whatever player he sees fit in the lineup. That’s what happened. Don’t like it? Then have your team’s coach have the best record at the All-Star break and he can do whatever he wants.

    • idywild - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:06 PM

      Never was Kyrie’s spot. Want him to start? Vote for him. He sucked in that game against the Spurs. Shut down. Wall>>>>>Irving.

      • andyhr17 - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:10 PM

        So he got shut down in one game and that’s how you decide he sucks? Brilliant. John Wall is better than Kyrie at two things: Doing the dougie and being overrated.

      • idywild - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        More games that that he has been exposed.. John Wall is making his team win 5 straight now that he is back. Kyrie is taking his team to the lottery and being overrated as all get out.

      • kavika6 - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:12 AM

        In Kyrie’s defense, he went head to head against the best point guard in the league in that Spurs game.

      • scalfor3 - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        Wall > Irving LOL maybe when he fixes his broke J

      • jeremyhurst - Mar 6, 2013 at 2:59 PM

        Wall? hahahahahahaha

  6. southbeachtalent - Feb 15, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    So for the East it will basically be the Heat?

    NICE…

    • cantonbound13 - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:05 PM

      West will win by 10.

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:02 PM

        That sharp canton wit on display, as well as the hate.

  7. bux1022 - Feb 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Kyrie is no where close to rondo!

    • cbking05 - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Kyrie is better now and will be better tomorrow …

    • money2long - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      he’s somewhere close, let’s not sound like we don’t know basketball, but the edge definitely goes to rondo because he is a much better definition of point guard than kyrie is at the moment. he has a more active, sort of crazy control in a game which lends itself to rondo’s susceptibility to get triple doubles. doc is highly respected and he has already come out and spoke volumes of rondo’s smarts. however, kyrie irving isn’t too shabby. it took him less time to reach the all star game than it did rondo and this was based off coaches’ decisions. in fact, if there was a fantasy redraft for just point guards, don’t be surprised if some coaches were to take kyrie before rondo

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:03 PM

      They think you’re lying.

  8. deavn - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    BOSH SPICE

    • money2long - Feb 16, 2013 at 1:53 AM

      those days are over.

  9. somekat - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    First, for all the guys mad that Irving isn’t going to start, Holiday should of got Rondo’s spot if they were going to stick with a PG anyway

    As far as the decision itself, I think it would of been better to start a guard, but at least he was honest. He basically said “I have a choice, he’s my guy, so he’s starting”. While I might not agree with it, I can respect it

    • idywild - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      Irving should not have started regardless. He has proved nothing. Bosh aint the best replacement. But at least he is proven.

      • andyhr17 - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:12 PM

        Yes, he’s a proven third wheel. He’ll do even better on the court in the All-Star game as a fifth wheel.

  10. BOOMmediaGroup - Feb 15, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Reblogged this on boom Media Group and commented:
    WHEW!!! 3 Miami Heat Players..He deserves it

  11. kw27p - Feb 15, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Lets face it, the nba is least competitive league in pro sports. What a joke. I could pick 4 or 5 teams and one of them will win the title. I think the league would be better if downsized to 24 teams. And shrink the playoff pool. What’s the point of being a 7 or 8 seed. Just to say u made the playoff? C’mon man

  12. kavika6 - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Hard to believe “the puppet” will coach the all-star game. As usual, James and Wade will do the coaching.

  13. allen227 - Feb 16, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    What a joke.

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