Victor Oladipo’s phone buzzed Tuesday. It was Pacers …

Victor Oladipo’s phone buzzed Tuesday. It was Pacers President Kevin Pritchard, the executive who orchestrated the move that brought Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis to Indy last summer. He had the honor of alerting Oladipo that he was voted an All-Star reserve by NBA head coaches. For the first time in his five years as a pro, he would participate in the game showcasing the world’s best basketball players.

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“Fitting that he would call me first,” Victor Oladipo said Wednesday morning. “It’s awesome. It was a great moment for me. It was just special, just hearing from him and hearing his words and everything like that was a special moment – something I’ll never forget.”
"It's pretty outrageous," Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. "I think it was based on simple games missed. It's similar to honors in the past where new standards are getting applied selectively. "Chris, you have to look at the impact in those games. We're 18-0 in Chris and James and Clint. Obviously, he was the primary guy driving winning when he was playing and James was out (going 4-3.) If you look at with winning as the focus, the wins Chris made happen for us, even in a shorter window, were more than enough to get selected."
Louis Williams: Damn right. Smh
Kyle Lowry will now earn $200K if he plays in 23 more games. Lowry has an All-Star bonus in his contract that is tied in with games played (65). Lowry also has a $500K bonus if the Raptors reach the Conference Finals and an additional $500K if Toronto earns a spot in the NBA Finals.
Thunder forward Paul George was among the most notable snubs when the 2018 All-Star Game reserves were announced Tuesday, an omission that left teammate Russell Westbrook stunned and frustrated. "Unbelievable. I think it's just outrageous, in my opinion," Westbrook said, demonstrably closing his eyes and shaking his head. "I don't know who else made the team but got four people from one team, you've got guys complaining about getting snubbed until they get in, you've got guys just talking about it all the time. "But the guys that deserve it -- should be in -- are not. I just don't understand. Doesn't make any sense."
"Guy leads the league in steals, competes every night, top two at his position. Don't make any sense, regardless of anything else," Westbrook, who was named to his seventh All-Star Game, said of George. "If you're going by All-Stars, there are certain All-Stars in this league. Everybody's not an All-Star. Just because you get voted in, doesn't mean you're an All-Star. I just think it's outrageous. But you know, it is what it is."
Royce Young: Carmelo Anthony on Paul George not making the All-Star team, as well as his own All-Star streak coming to an end: “Coming here I knew this would be a sacrifice, a full sacrifice for me not a half sacrifice and this is part of that sacrifice.”
Victor Oladipo: Wow my first all-star game. Words can’t describe how humbled I am to represent the Indiana Pacers as an All-Star in this years all star game. I would like to thank God first and for everything he has done for me. Thank you for the ups and the downs. I would like to thank my teammates because without them none of this will be possible. Thank you to the Indiana Pacers coaching staff, medical staff, management, and day to day employees for all they have done for me since I become a pacer!. Thank you to the fans who voted for me in the fan vote.
"There's my guy right there that helped me get there & that's Dwane Casey" @Klow7 with nothing but love for Coach. #WeTheNorth
Anthony Slater: Klay Thompson jokes that he will "request a trade" if Steph Curry doesn't get him at the All-Star game and then says he wishes last pick was publicized because it would be "hilarious" making fun of them
Marc D'Amico: Brad Stevens on Al Horford being named as an All-Star: “Totally deserved. It’s good to see a guy who might not have the ‘stats’ be recognized for his impact.”
Michael C. Wright: Per Elias, SA's streak of 20 straight seasons with an All-Star breaks a tie with the Lakers for longest streak since the merger. The Lakers 19-season streak went from 1996-97 through 2015-16.
Al Horford: Humbled, Blessed and Grateful for the All-Star selection. Bendecido y muy agradecido por la selección al juego de estrellas. La Gloria a Dios!
Bobby Marks: The Paul Millsap $500K bonus for earning a spot on the All-Star team will now be deemed unlikely at the end of the season. Denver will see the Millsap cap hit adjusted to $30.76, $29.23 and $30M (team option) in June.
Vincent Goodwill: In a bit of a surprise, Pistons center Andre Drummond didn't make East All Star team as a reserve, according to sources. Toronto's Kyle Lowry is in
Eddie Sefko: Rick Carlisle on voting for WC all-star reserves: "It's the most difficult I've ever seen it from the standpoint of so many deserving guys at all positions. Some guys who are deserving are most likely going to be left out. I just know the West is packed with great players."
"Obviously there's a lot of people that are in favor of watching it live and there's also people that understand the reasoning behind why it's not this year," Curry said. "I'm sure as this new format unfolds it'll happen. I've always been a proponent of protecting the players. I know that's the unpopular position, but in this day and age, we're all grown men, we're all All-Stars. We can handle it. You want to see how the whole format goes the first time. It sounds great that there won't be any GIFs, so you won't be ridiculed."
"I'm putting together an assistant GM staff that can help me get my draft board and know how to respond if he picks a certain way," Curry said. "I've got my brother, and my pops, and maybe "I'll have to ask Riley (his five-year old daughter) to see how she feels."
Rockets guard Chris Paul, the president of the National Basketball Players' Association, would not share his position or the union's on the idea of having the draft of All-Star teams to be made by captains Steph Curry and LeBron James public. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been opposed, despite the clamoring to have the selections Asked if he expressed his opinion, Paul said, "Yup." Asked if he would share what he said, Paul said, "Nope."
Paul is considered as influential among union membership as any player, but would not say if the Players' Association was opposed to making the selections public, or even televising them, or if it followed his recommendations when the format was changed. "I don't know," Paul said. "They know (his opinion.)"
It’s safe to say Kristaps Porzingis feels the fans and media were wrong for not voting him as an All-Star starter. “Everybody has their own opinion. Fans are one thing. It is what it is,” he said. “There are a lot of things I could have done better also. It is what it is.” Porzingis can still be voted in by the coaches as a reserve, with the results announced Tuesday. “We’ll see. I would hope so. In my mind, I deserve it,” he said. “All I got to do is play good and win games and the results will take care of itself. I shouldn’t be too worried about who is going to vote for me and who is not going to vote for me.”
Scott Kushner: DeMarcus Cousins, starter, on which All-Star side he would prefer to be on: “I honestly don’t even understand the format I’m just showing up. I don’t know who I’m playing with.”
Eric Nehm: I asked Giannis Antetokounmpo if he wanted to be Team LeBron James or Team Stephen Curry. His response: "The only thing I'm thinking about is to not get picked last. I don't care who picks me."
Frank is suffering from a kidney ailment serious enough that DeRozan has left the team twice already this season to spend an extra day with him when and where he can. Having the all-star weekend in L.A. means another visit home and a chance to share it with the man who shared so many all-star memories with him. “I want my family to always experience the things they don’t get to see every single day,” he said earlier Thursday to a small group of reporters before his spot as a starter had been announced. “It’s really like a dream when you think about it,” he continued. “Especially with me being the kind of basketball fan I was growing up and watching every single all-star game. I remember it was in L.A. [in 2004] and just being amazed that it was in L.A. I wasn’t around none of the festivities [he was 13 at the time], but just to feel that energy now years later and for me to have the opportunity to not just be in it but start in it, it makes me feel like a kid all over again. It’s a humbling thing. Everything about it is something I would never believe.”
Then following Thursday night’s game against the Celtics, which the 76ers’ won on the road, Joel was asked about the possibility of a date with Rihanna in his post-game interview, which he surprisingly isn’t down for anymore. Joel joking said that he might need to pass on her now since she turned him down a few years ago. "She denied me back then so why go with her again. I have to pass and move on to the next one," Joel said on TNT, before ending the interview with "Trust the Process.”
Of course, what I found most interesting was actually the guys who got multiple votes from their compatriots without being All-Star caliber players. My favorite list of player-voted non-All-Stars includes: Michael Beasley (4), Gordon Hayward (2), Boban Marjanovic (2), Jahlil Okafor (4), Quincy Acy (2), Tyler Zeller (4), T.J. McConnell (2), Elfrid Payton (2), Zaza Pachulia (3), Taj Gibson (6), Zach Randolph (5), Maurice Harkless (2), Deyonta Davis (3), Lonzo Ball (9), Mike Conley (3).
Connor Letourneau: Curry on Green being No. 2 among West frontcourt players in the fan vote, yet not being an All-Star starter: "That’s the only one that was a little different. I don’t know how it switched from the fan vote to the end result. … That’s the one that was disappointing for sure."
Joel Embiid has long stated that it was a goal of his to be an NBA All-Star. On Thursday, that dream became a reality. When the 76ers center was named among the All-Star Game starters, he couldn't hide the smile. Embiid was signing autographs in Boston as the news became public.
Jeff Zillgitt: Listing Jimmy Butler as a G and not G-F hurt his chances to get in All-Star Game as a starter. Before voting began, Butler's agent and Timberwolves lobbied to list Butler as a front-court player. But he's listed as a guard. Butler made All-NBA third team last season as a forward.
Paul Garcia: The fans voted Manu Ginobili in over James Harden. Media put Aldridge ahead of Boogie.
Jerry Zgoda: Eastern Conference All Stars, as expected: LeBron, Giannis, Embiid, Kyrie, DeMar. Only difference in voting between fans, media, players is players had Porzingis ahead of Embiid
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Make no mistake, though: Much as Wood seemed to revel in the chance to take a breather and hang with young fans, he said he’s wholly focused on the possibilities that lie ahead with his tenure on the Mavs. “It’s a great opportunity for me and for this organization to try and take that next step,” Christian Wood said. “I just want to win games. My main objective is to try and get to the Finals.”
“I’m still counting my blessings and happy to be here,” he said. Specifically, the 6-foot-9 center was speaking about being a Maverick. But on Thursday, that gratitude could also extend to his time with the kids he got to work out with in Plano.  “I was once that little kid that would look up to NBA players and hope that he would sign my shoe or hope that I would be able to meet him in person,” he said. “With kids, I can be myself and I can be a kid myself. So it’s fun.”
Anze Macek, the kinesiologist who has been working with Doncic for the past two years, gave some insight about the regime change the Slovenian wunderkind took this offseason. “Shortly after the end of the season, he contacted me and said that he wanted to start fitness training immediately. Together with Goran Dragic, they worked for three weeks,” Macek said to SportKlub Slovenija. “The national team action followed. When he went on vacation, he asked me for a work plan.”
“He remains active,” he said. “I am in contact with him almost on a daily basis. He keeps his shape. He will improve everything during the national team practices where he will prepare with maximum effort.” The comments about his body have no real impact on Luka, Macek says. On the contrary, they drive him forward, the Slovenian team fitness coach is certain.
“Luka is a global star. In plain sight. People follow him every step of the way, as far as possible. Therefore, evil tongues also appear very quickly. Maybe they are trying to get to him by commenting on each photo. But that’s really not a good way,” Macek explained. “He always has an answer. This only further motivates him and drives him forward.”