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STACK SMACK: Stackhouse on his chances of making the All-Star team

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One of the most electrifying basketball players in the game, Jerry Stackhouse has captivated NBA fans ever since his pro debut in 1995. The former Tar Heels star scored 27 points in the first game of his rookie season and has improved his game every year, averaging 29.8 points and notching an NBA season-high 57 points in 2000-01. Check back frequently on FOXSports.com for Stack's insight and analysis throughout the season as the Pistons pursue a playoff berth.
For more on Stack, check out his official website at jerrystackhouse.com
Will I make the All-Star team this year? I¿m not sure, but I really think that I¿ve been playing my best all-around basketball this season. I¿ve played this well before in stretches, but not for the entire season like I¿ve been doing so far this year. All of my numbers are up as far as scoring, distributing the ball and rebounding. I definitely feel that they¿re good enough to be considered an All-Star this year, but I also realize there are other guys that have played well enough to be considered All-Stars too. I'll just leave it in the hands of the coaches and hope that I'm one of the guys selected. If I'm not chosen as one of the reserves, then hopefully I can step back and justifiably say that the other guys there deserved it. I won't say anything more than that. But regardless of whether I make it or not, I definitely think it will be a great game this year and I hope the East can go out there and pull another one out. Our biggest problem will be guarding the big men of the West such as Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki and — of course — Shaq. We¿ll give the West all kinds of trouble at the two and three positions, though, with players like Jason Kidd, Vince (Carter), Tracy McGrady, M.J. and Paul Pierce. I just hope that it will be a fast-paced and exciting game without any zone defenses or things like that to junk up the game. I don't know if I'll still go to Philly if I¿m not playing, though. If one of the other guys from the team (Detroit) is selected — like Ben Wallace, who has a shot at getting one of the big man spots this year — I may go and support him if he makes it and I don¿t. Hopefully it doesn¿t come down to that and we¿ll both be there because I definitely want to play. Last year¿s All-Star game was really fun and I enjoyed being out there with the caliber of players like Stephon (Marbury), Vince (Carter), Kobe (Bryant) and Jason Kidd. I was among the best 20-24 players in the league for a weekend and it felt great. Like every year, there were three or four players who weren¿t there but deserved to have a spot and I really felt lucky to be a part of it. The experience was even better because of the way we came back and made plays at the end to win the game. That was a very special All-Star game and one that I¿ll cherish and remember for a long time.
CHAT WITH STACK
As the NBA season heads into the All-Star break, come ask Jerry about his personal achievements, the Pistons' playoff chances this year or his prior experiences at the All-Star game.
The only negative aspect of All-Star weekend is that it¿s really hectic for anybody participating in one of the events. There are different meetings for everyone that are scheduled throughout the off-days and you also have to practice if you¿re playing in the game. Team meetings take up a lot of your time, too, so it might actually be a good experience not to participate in anything and be able to sit back and enjoy the break. It would definitely be nice to have that extra time to mingle with the fans or do what I want to do for a couple of days, but don't get me wrong — I would much rather have those obligations of having to practice and get ready to play in the All-Star game.
Tagged: Celtics, Mavericks, Pistons, Timberwolves, Nets, Magic, Spurs, Paul Pierce, Dirk Nowitzki, Jerry Stackhouse, Ben Wallace, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd, Tracy McGrady, Tim Duncan

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