Joe Gets Starting Nod in Dallas

Friday, February 12, 2010
By Jon Newberry

Joe Johnson will be a starter Sunday night in the 2010 All-Star Game. Stan Van Gundy, head coach of the Eastern Confernce squad, has informed the media that Joe Johnson will replace Allen Iverson as the fifth starter.

Johnson becomes the first Hawks since Dikembe Mutombo in 1997-98 to start in the All-Star Game.

“I’m extremely excited by this honor, and appreciative that I’ve been selected,” Johnson told Arthur Triche, Hawks VP of Public Relations. “Thanks to Coach Van Gundy for having the confidence in me and I hope to represent the Hawks well on Sunday.”