Feb 3, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh (1) during their game against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Heat beat the Raptors 100-85. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA All-Star 2013: Chris Bosh To Start For Rajon Rondo In All-Star Game

You can’t fault Eric Spoelstra for being loyal to his players.

As revealed to Dr. Jack Ramsey on ESPN Radio, Chris Bosh will be joining teammates LeBron James and Dwayne Wade as starters for the Eastern Conference All-Star team on Sunday night.

Bosh will be replacing Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo, who will miss the rest of the regular season after tearing the ACL in his right knee.

The Miami Heat have become the first team since the 1990 Los Angeles Lakers (Magic Johnson, James Worthy, A.C Green) to have three All-Star starters.

Bosh is averaging 17.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season for Miami.

He’s been an all-star every year since 2006, but he hasn’t been a starter since 2007.

Earlier in the month, I asked the readers of Sir Charles in Charge whether they would have chosen Bosh or Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers as the replacement starter.

The results were largely in favor of Irving, not only because he’s the superior player, but because he’s a point guard, which would fill in the gap left behind by Rajon Rondo.

Well, the Eastern Conference won’t have a starting point guard with Bosh being inserted into the lineup, so expect James and Wade to share the role of facilitator during the game.

I can respect Spoelstra’s decision. He had the right to choose whoever he wanted.

With Chris sitting there as a reserve, it was clearly a no-brainer.

What was he going to do? Snub his own player?

I still believe that Kyrie Irving would have been the more sensible choice, but to each their own I suppose.

Chris Walder is the Editor of Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter at @WalderSports 

Tags: Boston Celtics Chris Bosh Cleveland Cavaliers Kyrie Irving Miami Heat NBA All-Star 2013 NBA All-Star Game 2013 Rajon Rondo

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