Sources: Shaq included among All-Star reserves

Shaquille O’Neal will make his return to the NBA’s All-Star Game on Feb. 15 in Phoenix, multiple front office sources told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday afternoon.

O’Neal, 36, was one of seven Western reserves chosen by the NBA’s coaches, and will play in the All-Star Game for the hometown Suns. O’Neal had played in 14 consecutive All-Star Games until missing out in 2008.

Yahoo! Sports obtained the rosters, and the West reserves also include the Los Angeles LakersPau Gasol, New Orleans HornetsDavid West, Dallas MavericksDirk Nowitzki, San Antonio SpursTony Parker, Denver NuggetsChauncey Billups and Portland Trail BlazersBrandon Roy.

The East reserves include two Orlando Magic, Jameer Nelson and Rashard Lewis. East coaches also chose the Boston CelticsPaul Pierce, Atlanta HawksJoe Johnson, Toronto RaptorsChris Bosh, New Jersey NetsDevin Harris and Indiana PacersDanny Granger.

The Magic will have three All-Stars in the game, including starting center Dwight Howard, who received the most fan votes of any player. The East-leading Cleveland Cavaliers will have just one, LeBron James. Among the notable misses on the East’s roster: the Cavs’ Mo Williams, and Boston’s Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen.

As for the West, Minnesota’s Al Jefferson was left off the roster. Also, Steve Nash will miss his first All-Star game in five years.

The NBA will officially name the reserves on TNT at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday.

Adrian Wojnarowski is the NBA columnist for Yahoo! Sports. Follow him on Twitter. Send Adrian a question or comment for potential use in a future column or webcast.
Updated Thursday, Jan 29, 2009