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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 3, 2007
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:12 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: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: December 31, 2009 2:07 pm

McGrady on pace to be All-Star starter

I really don't see how anyone can be upset about this. I love it because it sticks a gigantic middle finger up to the Rockets and how they've totally treated TMAC like trash.

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