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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.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2009 4:25 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

I just looked at the bolloting update.  How can has-been Allen Iverson have three times as many votes as Joe Johnson? 

I don't care what anyone says,


It ruins the game.  Fire $tern NOW!

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 4:25 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

I'm a Tmac fan, but a BASKETBALL fan first...I love the fact that fans get to vote on the starters, but Tmac starting? How can a real fan of the game want to see a player he/she hasn't seen all year. This was also done a couple years ago when Vince (Vinsanity) Carter was voted on as a starter in the Eastern conference. Please basketball fans, lets wake up, before we lose our right to vote.

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2009 4:18 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

I agree with BucFan on this one.  And before everyone goes crazy and gets upset; TMAC has already stated he will give up his place for a person more deserving.  He has said this now for several years; as several years he has been a leading candidate when not playing.  This means he has fans.  Apparently not Berger.  And yes, All Star Games is for who you want to see; not who is playing the best. 

Why not just give it up to the most efficient players in the game?  Is that what you would prefer Berger?

But to fault TMAC cause he isn't getting minutes is a mistake.  As this has nothing to do with TMAC nor his injury prone past.  This is all the Rockets putting the screws to him.

And Berger, of course TMAC would argue about getting on 7 minutes per game.  What NBA star wouldn't?  Esp of his talent.  Gettin on him for that is foolish.  Would you rather he not want to play at all and just collect a paycheck?  I suppose his committment to Grover to get back and play wasn't enough to show TMAC just wants to play basketball.

Houston can solve this easily.  Trade him to the East.  Problem solved.


I'm voting for TMAC every chance I get.  Sue me.

Since: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 4:02 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

The NBA is a joke. This happened with Yao Ming also several times and by Tracy McGrady making the team without even playing just proves how much of a joke the voting has become. He shouldn't be allowed to play due to not enough games to qualify. If he plays, I'll stop watching basketball all together.

Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 3:56 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

You mean how T-Mac's treated the Rockets...He is getting paid to sit you know.
At this point he's worthy of about 8-12 min a game, then free agency at the end of the year.

Since: Oct 18, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 3:50 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

This is a joke, this is exactly why fans shouldnt be allowed to vote on anything, look at how popular vote screwed up last years election....LOL ne ways, TMAC is washed up, I think hes even more overrated than Vinsanity, but truth be told hes washed up and at this point in his career, even when healthy, hes just a role player on the bench...dont get me wrong, he still has some value and I'd love to have him coming off the bench on my Cavs team, but hes washed up, hes not a star and certainly not an all-star, let alone a starter!!!

What a joke this will be if he makes and starts the all-star game, hes like a lame duck president LOL

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 3:28 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

"Why is Tracy McGrady getting so many votes? Sit down and think about all the great plays he has made, all the talent he has... how can you say he doesn't deserve to be an all-star? "

Well, maybe because none of those "great plays he has made" happened this year.  That is why you can say he does not deserve to be an all-star this year.  Yes, as long as fans have a vote there will always be some element of a "popularity contest" to all-star selection and I can live with that...more specifically, if two players have similar stats and one player wins the vote because he is better known or more popular I can live with that, but the fans are supposed to vote for the best players, not the most likeable or who were good in the past.  The problem is when fans COMPLETELY ignore the objective factors (little things like games played, points, rebounds, assists, steals, etc) and vote for injured or ineffective players because they are popular and used to be good.  You want to select, for example, Tim Duncan over Pau Gasol because you're a Spurs fan (or vice-versa), that's fine (just an example, not a shot at anybody)...but Tracy McGrady over Roy, Paul or Billips---sorry I am going to complain about that.  Based on this year's performance Paul, Nash, Billups, Roy all can make arguments that they deserve to be an all-star, McGrady cannot.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 3:19 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

"Treated him like trash" BucFan...I wish someone would treat me like trash know pay me tens of millions of dollars to play a game, at least to play on the rare occassions that I am healthy.  If McGrady has any self-respect he would be coming out publicly asking people not to vote him onto the All-Star team.  McGrady used to be a good player.  Right now, however, he is not and has done nothing to merit selection to the All-Star team.  That said, as long as fans -- who often vote with their hearts and not any objective criteria --- have a vote in the All-Star selction process in any sport you are going to have situations like this.   If you are going to let the fans vote then the leagues need a "veto" policy and delete the votes given to players like McGrady this year--i.e. vote for a guy who can't play or played on minimal minutes and your vote gets cancelled.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2009 3:00 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

You can't be serious.... TMac has an All-Star mouth and ego, maybe.... Shoot first, ask questions later. After you lose. Again.

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:55 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

Induction in to the hall of fame is not up to the fans, is it? Therefore all-star game appearances shouldn't count... that's almost like saying number of jerseys sold should be taken into consideration too. Those are fan's choices, and are often beyond players' control.

There are other honors like all-defensive or offensive team, etc that statistical players can enjoy even if they aren't fan-favorites.

Big Brad, you are right, it is up to the fans for who plays in the all-star game, however, I do believe that All-Star appearances are taken into consideration for induction into the Hall of Fame.  It shouldn't in the moden day game, but sadly I think it does....

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