The NBA will name its starters for next month's All-Star game Thursday night before TNT's Dallas-Chicago telecast and Vince Carter is, as they say in Vegas, virtually a lock. Carter and Miami's Dwyane Wade are expected to be named the starters at guard, based on fan voting, with Gilbert Arenas third and Jason Kidd fourth. Allen Iverson had led Carter most of the balloting but when he was traded to Denver, his voters were transferred out West. Alternates will be named next week.
- Nets notebook: Star Carter - Al Iannazzone - The Record