NBA All-Star 2013 roster reactions: Joakim Noah thanks everyone, Mark Jackson gets mad

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Rounding up relevant reactions to the 2013 NBA All-Star reserves announcement.

The 2013 NBA All-Star rosters have been finalized, and we've now had plenty of time to digest the players that made it and the ones that didn't, but probably should have. In these last 16 hours, the players and coaches have also had ample time to react to the news.

Here's a roundup of players, coaches and fans reacting to the All-Star reserve announcement.

Related: Western Conference reserves | Eastern Conference reserves | Snubs

Eastern Conference

Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was named to an All-Star Game roster for the first time in his NBA career on Thursday night, and he offered up an eminently entertaining acceptance speech on Twitter:

For the full string of 22 tweets from Noah, be sure to check out Blog a Bull's coverage of the 'acceptance speech.'

That wasn't all that the outspoken center had to say, of course. He also spoke with K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Trubine about receiving the honor and eventually meeting up with Eastern Conference rivals like Kevin Garnett and LeBron James:

"I'm extremely excited to be recognized as an All-Star for the first time," said Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah. "It's more of a team honor than an individual honor, because it would not have been possible without my teammates and coaches. I look forward to representing my teammates and the Bulls organization during All-Star Weekend."

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"I'm not really worried about [meeting up with rivals like Kevin Garnett and LeBron James]," Noah said late Wednesday of that dynamic. "That's not what my mindset is. Neither, really, is making the team because I try not to play for individual accolades. I just try to help my team win."

Teammate Luol Deng earned his second straight All-Star nod this season, and Executive Vice President John Paxon offered up his thoughts on Deng in the piece:

"Luol has been the model of professionalism and consistency since he was drafted and has gained the respect of people all over the league. It's also a credit to (coach Tom Thibodeau) and his staff and the work they have done with our team and the culture that's in place. It's a positive day for the Bulls' organization."

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Indiana Pacers swingman Paul George was selected to the All-Star game for the first time in his three-year NBA career, and he opened up to the team website about what the honor means to him:

"It means a lot," George said. "The work that I put in and the opportunity they've given me to really showcase my talents, to really grow and improve and learn every day ... just the commitment they've made to me is the only thing I want to ... return.

"I'm extremely excited. Not only will this be my first experience, but (it's) a chance to showcase the team and how much we've grown. Just the adversity that we went through this year and for me to represent this team means the most to me."

Everyone is extremely excited for George over at Indy Cornrows, so be sure to check out their reaction piece.

On the flip side for the Pacers, David West missed the cut. Head coach Frank Vogel weighed in on that development (via the Indy Star):

"It's disappointing," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "I think when people look at David West, they have no idea all the things he brings to the table. Would have loved for people to recognize him. People don't understand the impact he's had with this team the past two seasons."

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has been the talk of the NBA for nearly two full years, but this is the first time he's been labelled in All-Star performer. Conrad Kaczmerek of Fear the Sword has been waiting for this moment, and the GIF he included at the top of his celebratory post did not disappoint.

Irving is the first Cavaliers player to make the All-Star game since LeBron James in 2010, and here's what he had to say to the team website about the honor:

"I'm truly blessed and thankful for the opportunity that the NBA has afforded me," Irving said. "This is more of a blessing for our team and the city of Cleveland and that's what it's mainly about. I'm just really happy and excited for this opportunity."

GM Chris Grant offered up his thoughts as well:

"I'm extremely happy for Kyrie making the All Star team this year," Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant said. "It certainly was well deserved. He's a guy that works very hard and is the epitome of who we want to be. He has grown as a player and a person here in Cleveland and we're looking forward to him continuing to do that."

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The Philadelphia 76ers also earned All-Star recognition thanks to a brilliant first half of the season from point guard Jrue Holiday. Michael Levin of Liberty Ballers somehow developed this rally cry for Jrue in the wake of the first All-Star nod of Holiday's career: "Get your UGGs on, Jrue. You're the man."

Some Sixers execs felt the urge to offer up praise for Holiday as well. Managing owner Josh Harris made the formal announcement in a press release:

"On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to congratulate Jrue Holiday on being named a member of the 2013 NBA Eastern Conference All-Star team," said Sixers Managing Owner Josh Harris. "We are extremely proud of Jrue and consider him to be one of the cornerstones of our franchise and also one of the NBA's bright young stars. We look forward to seeing him represent the Sixers and our fans during All-Star weekend."

Sixers CEO Adam Aron expressed his appreciation via Twitter:

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New York Knicks big man Tyson Chandler had never before been named to an NBA All-Star team, so the announcement was extra-special to 12-year NBA veteran. He offered up his thoughts to the New York Daily News:

"I'm just very thankful," Chandler said after getting his first All-Star nod. "Thankful first for my teammates for putting me in the position to make the team and obviously the coaches. It says a lot to be voted in by the coaches because it means they appreciate your talent and what you bring to the team."

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Chris Bosh took to Twitter for his reaction:

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Meanwhile, Brook Lopez and Deron Williams didn't make the cut, and the omission of Lopez took Nets general manager Billy King completely by surprise:

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Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith also fell short in the East, but All-Star starter LeBron James had some ideas on how to prevent deserving players from getting snubbed in the future:

Western Conference

Ben Golliver of Blazer's Edge was in on the teleconference with Portland Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, and he was kind enough to provide a transcript of that conversation:

Q: Will a lot of people ask you for tickets because Dallas (his hometown) is close to Houston (site of the All-Star Game)?

A: That was one of my biggest fears, if I did make it, how many people would reach out for tickets.

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Q: What have you improved this year?

A: Being more of a leader on and off the court. Being a better passer on the court. Not letting us get too high with wins or too low with losses.

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David Lee became the first Golden State Warriors player to be named to an All-Star roster since Latrell Sprewell in 1997, and he joined Ric Bucher for a radio interview on 95.7 FM The Game to discuss the why this time it means more than it did with the New York Knicks:

"It's completely different [this All-Star selection vs. his first selection as a member of the New York Knicks]. In New York we were probably 10 or 12 games under .500, if not more, and I think that made the selection strictly kind of based off my numbers or an individual thing. With the way our team is playing, and how nobody expected us to be on the roll that we're on right now, it's strictly a representation of the organization, from the front office to the coaching staff to all the players. It makes it that much more rewarding for me. My goal this season, along with Steph, was to get a playoff berth, and if this came along with it, that's great."

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James Harden has quickly ascended to the upper crust of the NBA, and it's no surprise that he was named to the Western Conference All-Star roster on Thursday. Harden told the team website that it's going to be a great feeling to help Houston play host to the event:

"Definitely an honor just to be named an All-Star for my first time," said Harden via conference call after the news was made official. "Obviously it's a great individual accomplishment. Credit to my teammates and my coaching staff for putting me in a position to be successful.

"It definitely means a lot to me because it's my first year as a leader and as a head guy on a team in Houston. So it definitely means a lot more. It's overwhelming right now, but it's a great feeling. Just to be my first time in no other city but Houston. It means a lot I'll be hosting. I'll be on the front page of it."

Harden also spoke about the opportunity to reunite with former teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westrbook in Houston for the NBA All-Star festivities:

"Obviously we have different jerseys on now, but they've been in this situation before. They've been All-Stars plenty of times. Just to be alongside those guys and the guys I was with this summer at the Olympics will be really good.

"It shows how dedication and hard work I put in is definitely paying off. I'm getting recognition. I just have to keep working hard and stay humble."

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Russell Westbrook earned his third career trip to the All-Star game this season, and head coach Scott Brooks had nothing but good things to say about his point guard in the wake of the announcement:

"He plays, he competes, he does everything that we ask," Brooks said. "He improves every year. He plays defense at a high level. He's a two-way player and I don't know if there's a better one in the league that can do both of them."

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Memphis Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph is headed back to the honorary exhibition for a second time, but all he could think about at the time of the announcement was the fact that his teammate, Marc Gasol, somehow didn't make the cut:

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At this point Tim Duncan and Tony Parker may filled have up their ASG punch cards and earned a free All-Star berth (or a sandwich) to be redeemed at a later date, but both men received well-deserved recognition for their work this season. Parker told MySanAntonio.com: "Pop always challenges me to try to have an All-Star year," and Stephen Jackson noted that "as long as Tim Duncan wants to play he's going to be dominant and be a threat out there."

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Stephen Curry missed the cut, and that led to some overly-dramatic quotes from Warriors head coach Mark Jackson:

"We know who the jurors are," Jackson said, referring to the Western Conference's head coaches. "I think you have to question the process. I'm not going to go all Dr. King on us, but you've got to stand for what's right, man. These guys have changed this whole organization. They have led. They have sacrificed. They have defended. They have competed."

Curry was seen as the most obvious snub by most of the TNT crew as well, so maybe Jackson has a point.

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