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A furious friend just left the following message on my Facebook page:

"Chris Kaman named to replace Brandon Roy in All-Star Game! WTF? This was Monta Ellis'(notes) last hope!"

Um, needless to say, I didn't have the heart to tell him this particular news wall-to-wall.

That's right; the young Golden State Warriors guard, known for his sick tunnel trick shots and over-the-backboard acrobatics, was surprisingly not asked to compete in this year's H-O-R-S-E competition, presented by Geico, as a part of the NBA's All-Star Weekend festivities.

Instead, according to a few Celtics' beat writers, Boston All-Star Rajon Rondo(notes)a.k.a. "The Clinic" — and marketable Sacramento rookie Omri Casspi(notes) will join defending H-O-R-S-E champion Kevin Durant(notes) in the second annual event. This year's shot-making shoot-out raises the stakes, as the contest will be held on All-Star Saturday Night (at 7 p.m. ET) in front of a packed house in Dallas.

Pray Rondo's been workin' on those free throws.

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