Lowry passed Miami's
Tom and Dick Van Arsdale played in the 1970 and 1971 games, but the Gasols — once traded for each other — are the first brothers to be chosen to start.
"Knowing that I will be facing my brother Pau for the opening tip, it will be a true accomplishment for our family and a memory I will cherish for the rest of my career," Marc Gasol said in a statement through the
Both Gasols were among the leaders in all the balloting updates, but Lowry was running more than 100,000 votes behind Wade, a perennial All-Star and fan favorite, when the last results were released. Fans rewarded him for his hard-nosed play in leading the
Wall earned his first last year, and now he's earned his first start. The East hasn't had both its guards making their first start since Philadelphia's
Fans had to vote for two guards and three frontcourt players. The reserves will be picked by the head coaches in each conference and be announced next Thursday.
The star of the NBA-leading Golden State Warriors, Curry ended up with more than 1.5 million votes, more than 42,000 ahead of James, who had a 13,285-vote lead over the sharpshooter at the last update. Curry, who just two years ago was an All-Star snub, becomes the first Warriors player elected to consecutive starts since Chris Mullin in 1991-92.
His partner in the backcourt is up in the air after the Lakers revealed Bryant's injury earlier Thursday. Though the severity of the injury is unknown, many rotator cuff injuries require surgery and several months of rehabilitation.
That could rule Bryant out of his 17th All-Star appearance, second all-time behind Kareem Abdul Jabbar's 19. Bryant's first was in 1998 at
Commissioner Adam Silver would name an injury replacement if needed, and coaches Steve Kerr (Golden State) of the West and
The NBA changed the ballot this year to include all active players, rather than just 60 per conference. The results included five first-time starters and 10 starters from 10 different teams.
And the fans left out some of the usual faces such as Wade, Miami teammate
They gave Pau Gasol his fifth All-Star selection and first in the East for his contributions to the