Trail Blazers' Roy named to All-Star team for 3rd straight year

PORTLAND — Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy has been named to the NBA All-Star Game as a reserve for the third straight year.

Roy is resting a sore right hamstring. He has missed six of the Blazers' last seven games and will be re-evaluated Monday.

In his fourth NBA season, Roy is averaging 23.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and five assists.

Fans vote for the All-Star Game starters, but coaches determine the reserves.

Roy becomes the fourth three-time All-Star from the Blazers, joining Clyde Drexler, who was named to the team eight times, Sidney Wicks, a four-time All-Star, and Maurice Lucas, honored three times.

Roy, who was an All-American at Washington, was the sixth overall pick in 2006 by the Minnesota Timberwolves and acquired by Portland in a draft-day trade. He made an impact from the start, winning the league's Rookie of the Year honors.

Central to rebuilding efforts after the "Jail Blazers" era, Roy is Portland's unquestioned leader.

He was originally hurt during the third quarter of the Blazers' 120-108 home win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 13. He has received treatment for the injury by doctors for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen owns the Blazers and the Seahawks.

The Blazers, who have lost three of their last four games, visit the Houston Rockets on Friday. Roy did not accompany his team on the trip.

Roy's injury is the latest to strike the Blazers, who have lost centers Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden to season-ending knee injuries.

Recently, Portland saw the return of forward Rudy Fernandez, who missed 19 games because of a back problem, and forward Nicolas Batum, who was supposed to start but had shoulder surgery just before the start of the season.

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