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McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

Posted on: December 31, 2009 1:38 pm
 
Tracy McGrady is a man without a team. Unless you count the Western Conference All-Star team.

When the third returns in the 2010 All-Star balloting were released Thursday, McGrady had passed Steve Nash and moved into second place among Western Conference guards behind Kobe Bryant. Paper balloting will continue until Jan. 10, while wireless and online voting concludes Jan. 18. The All-Star starters will be announced Jan. 21.

Oh, the delicious irony of McGrady starting the All-Star game in the state of Texas while he's gotten himself banished from the Rockets for complaining about playing time. As the New York Times' Jonathan Abrams needled on Twitter, is McGrady going to wear a Rockets jersey, or one from Attack Athletics, the Chicago gym where he trains with Tim Grover?

Should T-Mac somehow hold off far more deserving candidates like Nash, Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, and Brandon Roy, the best part will be this: The All-Star Game could very well be his last in a Rockets jersey. The game will be played Feb. 14 -- four days before the NBA trade deadline.

If McGrady is voted into the All-Star starting lineup in a season during which he's played all of 46 minutes, should fans be banned from casting All-Star votes? Nah, let the fans have their fun ... the All-Star Game is meant for their entertainment. However, it's worth discussing whether All-Star appearances should be dropped as an official statistic for consideration for such honors as induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame. McGrady starting for the West and Allen Iverson for the East at a time when both are running on fumes would provide plenty of proof that such accolades are meaningless.
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Since: Jul 29, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2009 8:24 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

I believe when the voting is all said and done and TMAC is voted in he will give up his spot to someone more deserving. The problem is that all of Yao's fans in China are also voting for TMAC. The last time i looked China has a few people most have maybe seen TMAC playing alongside Yao in the past. With all the knowledge of true NBA fans i will guarantee you hardly any are voting for him. How can you blame TMAC... yea he had surgery and has been out, but now he is healthy according to him, but the idiots in Houston won't let him play because it might disrupt the flow of the team. Typical "WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR US RECENTLY".  If you don't want him trade him and his HUGE contract (GOOD LUCK) maybe if they played him teams would see he is still a decent NBA player, and possibly get something in return. I hope he goes somewhere in the West and sticks it to Houston. Trevor Ariza sucks and TMAC can't get any minutes. GO ROCKETS RIGHT TO THE TOILET BOWL YOU DESERVE IT.




Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2009 8:16 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

The All-Star game is for the fans.  The whole All-Star concept is geared towards the fans.  Its the leagues showcase and thats why the fans get to vote in the starters.  The fans are showing their appreciation for the talent these players have.  I for one say more power to mcgrady and iverson if they get voted in aa starters.  Who are you to say they shouldnt make the team? Evidently there are more fans that disagree with you than agree if they get voted in right?



Since: May 20, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 7:05 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

This only shows that fans wanna see the best game regardless of what they've done on the current season. I admit I voted for McGrady and Iverson. I'd rather see Kobe and McGrady vs Iverson and D-Wade than watch Nash and Gilbert Arenas. Just like a regular pick up game you wanna pick the best players and hope that they are capable of playing up to their normal standards. Whats the harm in voting them in especially if there is nothing preventing you from doing so. They should make rules like a guy should be a starter in at least half of his teams games or have a certain number of minutes to qualify.



Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 6:21 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

take out tmacs physical abilities on the court when healthy (which he is not deserving over nash or filthy cp3 even when he is healthy), how can anybody morally start an all-star game knowing he doesn't deserve it?  Because of his 'health' (or lack-of) he hasn't even had the opportunity to show that he 'still' has it....i will strongly argue that he doesn't.   Anyone who voted for him should be banished from watching hoops for the remainder of the year.  Seriously...it's so frustrating to think that an injured-has-been may start for the west...OMG!!!




Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 5:28 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

It is a farce when guys who haven't played, or have only played rarely, get voted to the all-star game. There are a handful (albeit few and far between) where it is a worthy tribute. Magic Johnson's last appearance comes to mind, as does the final appearance of Willie Mays.  But Tracy McGrady, as good as he used to be, is no Magic Johnson.

I don't believe that fans should be banned from voting; sporting events are entertainment. I also believe getting into this game, whether voted in by fans, coaches or players, is a tremendous honor. Thus, keeping track of how many times a player was an all-star is a valuable consideration for induction into the Hall of Fame.

An easy solution to this particular problem is to set a participation requirement: a player must have played a certain percentage of his team's games and/or minutes in order to be eligible to play. Any votes for players who do not meet this requirement are not counted.




Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 5:27 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

You have it backwards, McGrady stuck his middle finger up to the Rockets. He deserves exactly what he's getting, a place on the bench permanently. I just hope the Rockets can find a team to take him.



Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 5:25 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

Whoosh,

 You can have McGrady in the east, I would love it if your team picked him up. I live in Houston and have watched McGrady play his selfish brand of basketball and make decisions without consulting the team that pays him 23million a year. He is a joke!! The Rockets are a far better team without him. We are happy to see him go and hope a team is stupid enough to take his lazy a**. As for the all star game who cares!! The only sad thing would be McGrady disrespecting the Rockets by wearing their uniform.



Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 5:19 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

today sports is as funny as you can get, its ashame what it came down to. i guess all it matters to the television world is the persons name and how much money they can bring to that organization. i uses to be the biggest fan in the world until the last decade or more,its like you know what is going to go on cause all popular websites show it and you know the out come. i hate what the sports organization came to cause us people pay for the tickets and make  what they get paid for. its time to stand up for the fan and let us be heard cause sooner or later we will give up and then you will be done.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2009 4:44 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

Any fan who votes for McGrady to be an All-Star this season should be forced to listen to Lady GaGa music for hours on end.

How can anyone vote for a guy who's been hurt all season and is a shell of his former self?

T-Mac used to be a great player, but voting for him this season is like saying Megan Fox should win an Oscar or Tiger should be "Husband of the Year".



Since: Dec 6, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 4:43 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

I like the way T-Mac plays, but I think they should not put players into any all-star ballots that havent played a certain amount of games......The All-Star game is for the fans and if they voted him into the game, so I guess thats who they want to see


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