All-Star after all: Kevin Love named Yao Ming's replacement
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Kevin Love wasn't voted by the fans or the coaches to the All-Star team, but he did get the nod from Commissioner David Stern.
Stern announced Friday evening while the Minnesota Timberwolves were taking on the Toronto Raptors that Love would replace the injured Houston Rockets center Yao Ming in Feb. 20 in Los Angeles.
"This is an incredible honor for me and I'm so proud to represent the Timberwolves orginization at one of the league's premier events," Love said. "I'm thankful to Commissioner Stern for giving me his support, as well as to all the great fans in Minnesota who have been behind me and my teammates all season long."
Love becomes the fifth All-Star in team history and the first since Kevin Garnett in 2006-07.
"I'm really happy for Kevin, He worked extremely hard this season to elevate his game and learn how to consistently perform at a high level in his league," coach Kurt Rambis said in a statement. "This recognition is well-deserved and exciting news both for Kevin personally and our organization as a whole."