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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: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:53 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

They either need to put in playing requirements, which is probably a good start, but they need to let fans only vote a set of reserves, in all sports. Let the coaching staff pick the rest of them. If these idiots want to vote in McGrady, fine, but he sure as hell shouldn't be a starter. Let him make the team if the people want to see him, but the majority of the team should be those who deserve to be there. Let fans vote in a guard, forward, and center. The other 12 or 14 or however many they have on the allstar roster be picked by coaches.


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Since: Jul 3, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:47 pm
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Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:47 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

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.



That I agree with you on completely Ken.  It's just been a glorified popularity contest now.  Fans a long time ago used to take this game seriously and vote in the best players.  That rarely happens any longer.  Teams and local team affiliations support stuffing a ballot box to get their players a chance in the spot light.  It's a stat that is worthless any more for consideration when discussing things like the Hall of Fame....



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:26 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

He should go to the Nets, they need him more than anyone else in the league



Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:26 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

Yeah bucfan, they treated him like garbage. Paying him 100 mill +... I just feel so bad for his feelings. They have a team that is playing very well and they don't want to mess that up. 



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:25 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

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.


I actually think this idea has merit.  Something like the minimum at bat requirements in baseball to qualify for the batting title etc...



Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:24 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

I don't think its right for him to be a all star. He hasen't played much he was hurt all year and there are guys out there that deserve to be playing in this game but this is how the league does the selections so its there problem to fix. A player who has not played over 25 games should be inelligable. The league definately has to make a change to this ballotting. Maybe 50% vote to the fans and the other 50 to the coaches would be fair.

 This is a positive for TMac cause at the same time if he decides to play this may be his only chance to show other teams he can still play at a competitive level and maybe someone will gain interest if he has a good showing. I think he still has it and the Rockets are screwing him. He can def helps a few of teams that are in the hunt or going to make the playoffs. He would be a great addition to Dwayne Wade in Miami or maybe the struggling Hornets.    



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:24 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

Yes, T-Mac has the skills to be an all-star starter, but he hasn't done shit this year and he takes the spot over more deserving candidates who have played this year.  All this really does is show the holes in the all-star voting process



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:22 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

I'm of a mind to say TMac had a great career, although beset with quite a few injuries these past few seasons.  With that said, there is no way he deserves to be on the All-Star team this year.  That's one of the things wrong with the ballot process.  It allows people to pick "favorite" players rather than deserving players.  I can understand the desire to see your favorite players play the game, but we need to also recognize those who are genuinely deserving of the honor.  Rockets be damned for treating him as they are, he should decline the honor if he is voted in.....



Since: Nov 4, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:20 pm
 

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

You are a complete .  McGrady is nothing but a blip on the NBA radar.  Never has someone done so little and gotten so much praise.  The guy has never even been out of the 1st Round of the playoffs.  Even after having 3-1 and 2-0 series leads.  Nothing made me laugh harder than last year watching him in street clothes as the Rockets won a playoff series and he's over there on the bench lookng like a ocmplete moron.  I hope he never plays another minute in the NBA much less and All Star game. 


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