Originally posted on ZagsBlog.com:

Knicks center Tyson Chandler and Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, the former St. Patrick High School star, were among five first-timers chosen as reserves for next month’s NBA All-Star Game in Houston.

Chandler was the second Knick chosen, along with Carmelo Anthony, who will start for the East.

Chandler is averaging a career-high 12.2 points with 11.0 rebounds and an NBA-best 67.4 field goal percentage for the Knicks, who won in Boston, 89-86, Thursday for the first time since November 2006.

No Nets were selected even though Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez are all having strong seasons.

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