NEW YORK -- Michael Jordan is an All-Star for the 14th time. Karl Malone won't be for the first time since 1987.
Jerry Stackhouse and Jalen Rose also aren't going to the league's showcase event Feb. 9 in Atlanta -- and both felt snubbed. Malone took the news a little better.
''I don't think it matters,'' Malone said before the Jazz played at Sacramento on Tuesday night . ''You don't control it, and there ain't nothing you can do about it. I got nominated 14 times, but they don't pick you now, what can you do about it?''
Stackhouse said, ''I can't sit here and say it's not disappointing.''
The 29 NBA coaches voted for seven reserves from each conference. Chosen from the East along with Jordan were Jason Kidd of New Jersey, Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker of Boston, Brad Miller of Indiana, Zydrunas Ilgauskas of Cleveland and Jamal Mashburn of New Orleans.
The Western Conference reserves are Shaquille O'Neal of the Lakers, Stephon Marbury and Shawn Marion of Phoenix, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas, Gary Payton of Seattle and Chris Webber of Sacramento.
Jordan called it a privilege to be able to return to the game in what he says will be his last season.
''It gives my kids a chance to go and see some of the up-and-coming stars,'' Jordan said.
He moved into a tie with Malone and Jerry West for the second-most All-Star selections in NBA history behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 19.
Jordan has the highest career scoring average in All-Star history at 21.3 points. He was voted in as a starter in his 13 previous selections.
Others missing included Indiana's Ron Artest, Dallas' Michael Finley and Golden State's Antawn Jamison.
Among the league's top 20 scorers, only Jamison (23.4 points), Rose (23.1), Stackhouse (22.9), Cleveland's Ricky Davis (22.4) and New York's Allan Houston (21.3) were not selected.
''I'd rather be in the playoffs, honestly,'' Houston said. ''When I did make it, our team was better. We were winning more games, so I guess in the eyes of the voters it does make a difference.''
Like Stackhouse, Rose said he was ''disappointed.'' The man who runs Rose's team, Chicago Bulls general manager Jerry Krause, trembled with anger.
''I wonder if the coaches who were voting on the thing are seeing the same things we're seeing,'' Krause said. ''Jalen Rose is an All-Star. He belongs on the All-Star team. This is one of the worst decisions I've seen in a long time.
''I'm speaking out now. If they want to say something about me speaking out, that's too bad. I feel this is a very wrong decision, and I think he has been wronged as a player and as a person.''
O'Neal, who finished behind Houston's Yao Ming in fan balloting to pick the starters, was chosen an All-Star for the 10th time.
The selections of Ilgauskas (Lithuania), Nash (Canada) and Nowitzki (Germany), along with starters Tim Duncan (U.S. Virgin Islands) and Yao (China), tie the record set last season of five international players.
Six NBA teams -- Boston, Dallas, Houston, Indiana, the Lakers and Phoenix -- will have two All-Stars.
''I'm a happy guy and a sad guy,'' Mavericks coach Don Nelson said. ''I thought this year Mike (Finley) deserved to make it, but two out of three ain't bad. All three of my guys have had great starts.''
The starters for the East will be Detroit's Ben Wallace, Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal, Orlando's Tracy McGrady, Philadelphia's Allen Iverson and Toronto's Vince Carter.
Houston's Steve Francis and Yao, Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, Minnesota's Kevin Garnett and San Antonio's Duncan will start for the West.
Marion, Yao, Ilgauskas, Mashburn, Miller and Wallace will be making their first All-Star appearances.
Ilgauskas was elated. The 7-foot-3 center had five foot operations and nearly retired two seasons ago.
''It's amazing,'' he said. ''It's been a long, frustrating road for me. It's hard to believe what I've been through and where I've come from.''
The coaches will be Sacramento's Rick Adelman and Indiana's Isiah Thomas, setting up an intriguing subplot in the Eastern Conference locker room. At the 1985 All-Star game in Indianapolis, Thomas was said to have led a freeze-out of Jordan among the veterans on the Eastern Conference roster.
Jordan shot 2-for-9 and scored seven points in that game -- his worst performance in an All-Star game.
''He was with Chicago and I was with Detroit, and I'm sure it was a position neither one of us expected to be in,'' Thomas said. ''I know how much he respects the All-Star game, and he knows how much I respect it, so I'm sure we'll approach it professionally.''
Jordan needs 10 points to surpass Abdul-Jabbar (251) for most career points in All-Star games.
''I've been there many times,'' Jordan said, ''and this is definitely my last time.''
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