"I won't let it rule my existence ... When next year comes around, I'll come right back at it again. When you have something taken away from you, you see what you're missing. I've done it for three years, and I never took it for granted ... Obviously my mom was upset, and my sisters were upset. I spoke to my sister and said, 'Don't worry about it. It's part of life.' I have the team here to play for. I don't play for All-Star Games, I play for championships."
"I was disappointed last year when we didn't make the playoffs, because I can control that. You can't control what they do ... I never expected to make the all-star team. I thought Antoine and Paul both deserved it. I was surprised Ray Allen was not on the team; that was shocking."
"They never said I'd make it into the NBA, so not making the All-Star Game isn't going to kill me ... I don't have a problem with it. I hate to see that Allan didn't make it because he's having a great year. But other than that, I'm looking forward to going home and seeing my daughter."
"That's just how it goes. I feel like I've done some things better than I have in All-Star years, but it's a different situation ... I just want to be playing after the regular season's over. That would mean much more ... I haven't really followed [Ilgauskas's] individual season, but I thought that was kind of questionable. I thought Kurt should have definitely been in there."
"I don't average 20 points. Numbers."
"I can't sit here and say it's not disappointing ... I'm used to being on the short end of the stick ... I've probably been the only guy to lead his team in scoring and assists for two years and not get an all-star berth, but that's the way things happen. It's disappointing."
"I'm surprised and disappointed. I can't act like none of the 12 don't deserve it. But I can't say I don't deserve it either. I've proved over the last few seasons I'm one of the best players in the league. I was a key player on a team that had the best record in the conference. And this time last year the Bulls had [nine] wins."
"I'm going to spend the weekend with my family. It will be a nice break."
"This means I'm gonna have more fun ... That's what's most important to me, that I can come back healthier than I am right now ... We need to make a move when we come back for the second half."
"I feel as though I'm still young and I still have a lot more years in this league ... It's a tough thing to swallow. This just gives me motivation to just keep going out there and prove myself."
''I don't hold a grudge without being selected for the team ... I thought I was deserving, but life goes on. My goal coming into this year was, individually, yes, to make it to the All-Star game. But more importantly to get my team to the next level, and I think I'm pace on doing that."
"I don't think it matters. You can't control it, and there ain't nothing you can do about it. But I got nominated 14 times. They don't pick you now? What can you do about it? It's young and old. That's basically it, you know? ... I don't feel that the coaches pick the team. I never felt like they do ... I think it definitely comes from the top — who they really want. I really do ... As long as I feel that I'm a part of helping us win, and helping us get to the playoffs, that's my All-Star gratification — to myself, and my team. That's what I'm working for ... There's been guys that should have been on an All-Star team that haven't been. But they helped their team win — and I think that's what matters ... Of course you're disappointed. Of course you are."
"Numbers-wise, I could be there, but it always has been what did you do for the team? And that's how it should be. It's like when I was with the Bulls. We didn't win. Teams that win get the All-Stars."
Quotes compiled from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Deseret News, Detroit Free-Press, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Indianapolis Star, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, New York Daily News, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post.
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