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Four plus Flip going to Houston

Just as Peter Vecsey reported earlier, four Pistons were named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team as reserves. Ben Wallace is making his fourth trip, Rasheed Wallace his third, and Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton are going for the first time.

From the team's official site:

This is the first time in NBA All-Star Game history that the coaches have selected four teammates as reserves and the seventh time that a team will have four representatives in the All-Star Game. The 2006 NBA All-Star Game will be played on Sunday, Feb. 19 at Toyota Center in Houston.

Joe Dumars had kind words for the coaches that voted for his players:

"I would just like to thank the coaches in the league for recognizing our players," Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars told The Associated Press on Thursday night. "What the coaches are saying by voting our guys on is that they appreciate unselfishness, great attitudes and team basketball."

The Detroit News points out that this is largest Pistons contingent ever sent to an All-Star game, and it's the largest of any NBA team since the 76ers sent four in 1983: Moses Malone, Julius Erving, Andrew Toney and Maurice Cheeks.

Four Pistons Named as Reserves for 2006 NBA All-Star Game [Pistons.com]
Four Pistons earn All-Star nod; Arenas, 'Melo denied [AP via SI.com]
4 Pistons starters selected for All-Star team [Detroit News]