I'll provide much -- and I mean much -- more on this in next week's paper version of Unfair Park, but the NBA just named Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard to the All-Star team ... Josh Howard to the All-Star team ... Josh Howard to the All-Star team ... Is there an echo in here, or is it just that the selection is so damned hollow?
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Howard wasn't voted in by fans or by Western Conference coaches, which is travesty considering the season he's having and that he's the No. 2 player on the league's No. 1 team. He's only going to Las Vegas thanks to commissioner David Stern, forced to pick two alternates because of injuries to Utah's Carlos Boozer and Houston's Yao Ming. I guess a watered-down selection is better than none. Nonetheless, don't think Josh and the Mavericks won't use the original slight as motivation the rest of the season. --Richie Whitt