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Allen: NBA should limit fans' All-Star votes

Posted on: January 13, 2010 9:15 pm
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It’s time to call the fans’ All-Star voting what it is: A joke.

Ray Allen did Wednesday night, and I couldn’t agree more.

“I think the fan voting is watered down,” the Celtics star said before Boston played the Nets. “I like the fact that the fans get the opportunity to vote and pick who they’d like to see in the All-Star game. But I don’t think it should be 100 percent.”

Allen, currently fourth among Eastern Conference guards (Allen Iverson is second), said the he favors a system like the one used to selected players to the NFL’s Pro Bowl. In the NFL, votes are split in thirds among players, coaches and fans. Such an arrangement would avoid embarrassments like the one currently under way involving Tracy McGrady, who is second to Kobe Bryant among Western Conference guards even though he isn’t playing for the Rockets.

“The commissioner should put some type of rule in place like you have to play at least so many games to be eligible for the All-Star Game,” Allen said. “Because once you put all the ballots out, you can’t really retrieve them. If Tracy played, I’m sure he’d play well enough to be an All-Star player because he’s done that in his career. But again, that’s taking away from another player in the Western Conference who’s having a good year and has been playing and deserves to be in there.”

The commissioner, in case you haven’t heard, has other problems to deal with at the moment. But while the sanctity of All-Star appearances doesn’t rise to the level of firearms in the locker room, it’s something that will have to be addressed.

The NBA has been on the cutting edge of fan engagement with games available live online, unique content for its 1.7 million Twitter followers, and All-Star voting online and via text messaging. Not to come across as the ugly American, but it’s pretty clear that the expansion of voting globally has skewed the results – and not in a fair or good way.

On Wednesday, the league announced that fans would choose a participant in the All-Star slam dunk contest by voting electronically during a two-player dunk-off at halftime of the Rookie Challenge on Friday night of All-Star weekend.

That’s OK. It’s a dunk contest. But All-Star appearances and starts are still viewed as legitimate accomplishments in a player’s career, and are often cited when a player is inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. If McGrady is voted in as a starter, it’s time to re-evaluate the importance of All-Star appearances, the voting procedure, or both.

Allen said he’d give the fan voting 50 percent of the weight, the players 25 percent, and the media 25 percent in determining the All-Star starters. Coaches would retain the authority to pick the reserves under Allen’s plan

“The players will truthfully know who’s had a truly great first half of the season,” Allen said. “You would have five guys starting for the All-Star team regardless of hype or highlight. You just get guys that had the best first half of the season. … You guy should have a say-so. You’re obviously watching games night in and night out. The players are the ones scouting each other and they know exactly who is beating them every night and who they’re watching on film. So they see everything.”

More than the 746,625 fans who've voted for McGrady, anyway.


Since: Jan 15, 2010
Posted on: January 15, 2010 10:49 am

Allen: NBA should limit fans' All-Star votes

Allens system would not work. If the fans voted for player A and the players and coaches voted for player B their would be a tie.

Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: January 14, 2010 8:24 pm

Allen: NBA should limit fans' All-Star votes

"The NBA has been on the cutting edge of fan engagement with games available live online........"
Not really.   The NBA is shooting itself in the foot.  
The NBA wants to sell you live VIDEO Stream which is similar to baseball and the NFL is moving in that direction.   However, the AUDIO Stream which is marketed as free without exceptions, is not available if you are outside the USA-----even in Canada!
I spend a lot of time overseas and to get a straight answer from their tech support it took several months.  Perhaps in their office outside America, they haven't a clue what is marketed in the USA!
In my opinion----from the commissioner to the refs, to the marketing of the stars over a team game, to the all star balloting, to the lame national announcers the NBA is totally mismanaged.  David Stern is slowly destroying the NBA.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: January 14, 2010 10:58 am

Allen: NBA should limit fans' All-Star votes

its not the american fans vote thats the problem , this was never a problem b4 internet or even after . it became a problem when Yao came into the league . the problem is the chinese .they know 4 players , yao , mcgrady ,kobe and iverson. its like american fans voting for a soccer all star game , david beckham would be on the team ( dont even know  if he still plays) , but if he does people and probably myself wouldnt bother looking at stats or how many games he's played , he would just go on 90% of american ballots cause thats the name we know..why is it that the nfl always figures these issues first (steroids,salary caps) and mlb and nba are always 10 years behind..33,33,33 to decide the entire team, fans ,coaches ,players....2 rookie, not very well known players made the pro bowl , it works !!

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 14, 2010 9:30 am

Allen: NBA should limit fans' All-Star votes

I'm sorry, but the All-Star game is about what the fans want

That needs to change because it's nonesense.   There are too many stupid fans around the league to leave the decision with them.  And by the way, who said it has to be that way? The fans didn't make the voting rules, the league did.  So the league has every right to change the rules it made... end of story.

What are the fans going to do about it ? Stop going and/or watching meaningful NBA regular season and playoff games because they don't get the final say for the All Star game?   If so, they are useless fans anyways..

Personally, I think the NBA is more like the WWE anymore as it is.. the All Star game just adds to that ...

Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: January 14, 2010 3:11 am

Allen: NBA should limit fans' All-Star votes

I'm sorry, but the All-Star game is about what the fans want.  And if that is what the dans want then they get it.  Yes, there are alot of negative outcomes.  Not only do guys like McGrady get in, it is very hard for guys in small markets to make it in also, despite how well they may be playing.  For players, it shouldn't be that important of a stt (except maybe they get paid more for making it?).  The way you measure a player is Chamionships> Playoff Appearances> Longevity> Stats>  then maybe All-Star appearances.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2010 11:52 pm
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