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Wizards' Poor Record May Keep Butler and Jamison From NBA All-Star Game

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By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 22, 2009

SACRAMENTO, Jan. 21 -- Forwards Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison were each selected to the Eastern Conference all-star squad as reserves last season in large part because their effort helped the Wizards remain competitive in the absence of guard Gilbert Arenas.

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This season, Butler and Jamison are again putting up solid numbers but the team's poor record may make it difficult for either of them to make it.

Starters for the Feb. 15 game will be announced Thursday night while reserves, who are selected by the coaches in each conference, will be announced next Thursday.

"You've seen cases in the past where teams struggled but guys who performed at a high level still got the opportunity so hopefully that's the case," said Butler, who entered Wednesday's game at Sacramento averaging 19.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists. "One of us needs to go. Hopefully that happens. If not, I'll be at home with my family watching Barack Obama on CNN."

Open Invitation

Speaking of the new president, interim coach Ed Tapscott said Obama has a standing invitation to stop by practice anytime he wants. Obama, a lefty who regularly plays pick-up basketball, is said to have a little bit of game.

"I'll tell you what: He can come in and run some plays if he wants to," Tapscott said. "Absolutely. It would be a privilege to have him."

Then again, given the way his team has defended recently, Tapscott may want to host Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates.

Up Next: Thursday at L.A. Lakers 10:30 p.m. TNT, WTEM-980

Saturday at Portland 10 p.m. Comcast SportsNet, WTEM-980


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