Few questions remain for starters

Who will start the NBA All-Star Game?

Amare Stoudemire believes he is. According to a report in the Arizona Republic on Thursday, Stoudemire passed Carmelo Anthony to earn his first All-Star start. The game is set for Feb. 15 in Phoenix.

He would join Tim Duncan of San Antonio; Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers; and Tracy McGrady and Yao Ming of Houston for the West. The other four were leading in voting as of Jan. 8.

Bryant had 1,903,798 votes to lead the West voting. Yao was second with 1,758,499.

The leaders for the East through Jan. 8 were forwards LeBron James of Cleveland and Kevin Garnett of Boston; guards Dwyane Wade of Miami and Allen Iverson of Detroit; and center Dwight Howard of Orlando.

Howard is the leading vote-getter for the East with 2,102,368 votes. No other East center had more than 257,527. LeBron James had 1,940,162 votes.

The announcement is tonight, starting at 7 ET on TNT. Reserves will be announced next Thursday.