Flip Saunders made it official Friday night: Vince Carter will start for the East in the All-Star Game Sunday in Houston. Carter will replace Jermaine O'Neal of the Pacers who is injured. Carter said of the decision: "That makes me feel good. It makes me think the coaches appreciate what I bring to the table night in and night out this past year." The move will also allow Saunders to mass-substitute his four Piston reserves at the first opportunity.
- O'Neal sits, Vince starts - Frank Isola - New York Daily News
- Carter likely to move into East's starting lineup - John Jackson - Chicago Sun-Times