Love will replace the injured Yao Ming to fill out the Western Conference's 12-man roster for the 2011 All-Star game in Los Angeles.
Following the announcement of the reserves, Love received a huge outpouring of support, which might or might not have influenced not only David Stern's decision to pick Love, but the speed in which he did so.
While Yao was the fans' choice to start at center, Love's appointment to the team does not put him in the starting lineup. Head coach Gregg Popovich will make that call. Just guessing, but Popovich is not the kind of guy that will just stick reserve Tim Duncan in as the starter because it's his guy. Popovich is more likely to give that spot to Pau Gasol in front of the home-town crowd.