A roster spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team has opened up with the loss of Rajon Rondo for the rest of the season to a torn ACL injury.
NBA commissioner David Stern will decide who replace Rondo and become an All-Star.
The Brooklyn Nets hope Brook Lopez, Deron Williams, or Joe Johnson will be named to the team.
“I’m equal opportunity,” said interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. “I just hope it’s one of our three guys. Obviously, I don’t want to be the one to pick, but honestly I don’t know what the commissioner is going to do. I don’t know what will guide him in his decision.”
Brook Lopez has emerged as the leading candidate amongst the trio to obtain the All-Star berth. Lopez leads all NBA centers in field goals made (7.42), points per game (18.58), and PER (25.72).
“An All-Star bid is an All-Star bid so it still would be an honor,” said Lopez. “That being said, I know there’s a lot of deserving guys who didn’t get their names called and we’ll see what happens. I’m not really going to be paying attention to it. I’m focused on helping this team win.”
Williams also vouched for Lopez to earn the final All-Star spot.
“He’s an All-Star this year,” said Williams. “It’s just unfortunate because everybody that’s on the team deserved to be on the team, but now there’s a spot so there’s still a chance that he can get in.”