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All-Star Starters (UPDATE)

Posted on: January 21, 2010 11:39 am
Edited on: January 21, 2010 7:48 pm
Embarrassment averted.

The All-Star starters were revealed Thursday night on TNT before the nationally televised rematch of the Cavs' Christmas Day blowout of the Lakers.

Thankfully, Tracy McGrady wasn't one of them.

All hail Steve Nash, who passed T-Mac in the final weeks of voting and will start alongside Kobe Bryant in the Western Conference backcourt in the Feb. 14 All-Star Game in Dallas. McGrady, who has played all of six games this season, won't be faced with the inglorious decision of having to decline an invitation he didn't deserve.

In another fan-voting quirk that was less controversial than a T-Mac starting nod would've been, Allen Iverson will start alongside Dwyane Wade in the Eastern Conference backcourt. The other East starters: Dwight Howard, LeBron James, and Kevin Garnett (assuming he's healthy).

Joining Kobe and Nash on the West's starting five: Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Tim Duncan, who passed Dirk Nowitzki in the final three weeks of voting.

"No Dirk as a starter?" Mavs owner Mark Cuban tweeted. "Time to change the rules for voting."

McGrady carried a 2,375-vote lead over Nash into the final three weeks of balloting, which was conducted by fans via paper, online, and wireless voting. If Nash hadn't passed McGrady, the right thing for T-Mac to do would've been politely decline.

It wouldn't have cost him a dime, either. A source with knowledge of the situation said McGrady has no All-Star bonus clauses in his contract, which pays him a league-high $23 million this season.

It's better for everyone this way. McGrady is trying to come back from microfracture surgery. More to the point, he would benefit immensely if the Rockets were somehow able to trade him before the Feb. 18 trade deadline. McGrady didn't need to risk his health or his already suffering reputation by trying to dust himself off for a few meaningless All-Star minutes.

I don't have a problem with Iverson starting; he's been a fan favorite his entire career, certainly deserves it based on his body of work, and -- this is important -- is actually suiting up for the Sixers, albeit at a remarkably reduced rate of effectiveness.

In spite of Nash's fortunate comeback, I agree with Boston's Ray Allen and would be in favor of tweaking the voting system to divide the say-so among fans, media members, and players. The players, more than anybody else, know who's deserving and who isn't. The coaches should retain their ability to select the reserves. 

On one hand, you don't want to take away the fans' investment in the game, which after all is at least partly -- or mostly -- for their entertainment. But the All-Star Game badly needs a dose of legitimacy. Gone are the days when Michael Jordan or Dominique Wilkins could dominate All-Star weekend with their exploits in the dunk contest. That exercise long ago became a farce, and once again none of the marquee stars will participate this year.

So instead of complaining, I offer a solution. Not the only solution, but a start. Instead of voting by position, the fans vote for any 10 players they want from each conference. The players do the same. Their votes are weighted equally, and the top eight in each conference make the team. All 30 coaches vote to determine the 10 starters. The East coach and West coach fill out the roster with four reserves each.

The media? I'm not sure whom to count as media anymore, so let's leave us out of it. We'll just write about what happens.

Perfect? No. Somebody will get snubbed; they always do. But it's better than people constantly texting the word McGrady until they almost succeed in making a mockery of what is supposed to be a serious honor.

If there are any better ideas out there, you know what to do.


Since: Dec 9, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2010 3:48 pm

All-Star Starters

What has either one of these guys done THIS YEAR to warrant such a selection??? NOT A DAMN THING ! that's what and they don't deserve to be voted onto the team. Not even in a reserve's role. Don't nobody wanna see sorry a** often injured T-Mac. And don't nobody wanna see a sorry a** washed up Allen Iverson either.

Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2010 3:10 pm

All-Star Starters

Its not the american fans its the chinese fans , they dont know nash , even less roy.  this was never a proble till yao came into the league .

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2010 2:53 pm

All-Star Starters

Hell they might as well play in the probowl.  Cause nobody picked to it is playing.  Hell Witten got voted to the probowl and this cat ain't complaining.  Witten sees the endzone and avg. of 3 times a year.  Can you say.  Winslow, Cleek, Gonzales.  Please let it go.  People like McGrady, so keep it moving.

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2010 2:44 pm

All-Star Starters

Your a idiot Blackngold66! That's why all star games are bad cause of people like you! It's called a all star game not a popularity contest so the players having the best seasons should be playing not Mcgrady who doesn't even play right now... Thats a joke and so are you!

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2010 2:39 pm

All-Star Starters

WRONG!  Fans should have a part in the voting, but it shouldn't be totally up to the fans.  If McGrady wins a starting spot, I will be furious.  Like you said, its an All-star game.  Shouldn't the players who have performed the best this year be picked over someone who has played in 6 games?!  Allen Iverson doesn't deserve to be in the game, regardless of if the fans vote him in.  Just because he is a fan favorite, he shoudn't get the spot over the how many other players who have put up better numbers and have had a better overall season.  Your post was absurd, and you should think before posting next time.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2010 2:37 pm

All-Star Starters

McGrady is an All-Star.
maybe years ago he was, but as of right now to this day he isn't, he hasn't played much at all this year and both him and Iverson if they do make the All-Star game need to give it up to the rightful person, Iverson as a player is done, he can score and that is pretty much it and McGrady is unknown because he has been hurt all year then the coach hasn't played him often because they want him gone and are attempting to deal him. If McGrady is an all star player let alone a starter than in the pro bowl we need to see Clinton Portis and Chris Samuels play, even though they were injured all year.

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2010 2:25 pm

All-Star Starters

No, no, and no.  Your view of individual fans driving the sports world is outdated.  In Chicago very few "true" fans attend Bulls games - tickets are purchased by businesses and used as an entertainment commodity.  People are more excited about the Dunkin Donut races than the game on the court.  These are the people voting in the arenas for your NBA All-Stars.  Given the voting results, I would conclude this is the case across the league.  Big money comes from TV, sponsorships, and corporate relations.

If the people voting were actually paying attention to the game, players long past their prime like McGrady and Iverson would never be selected as All-Stars let alone voted in as starters.  McGrady's Rockets have a better record without him in recent years than when he plays.  And while I understand the sentimentality of Iverson in a Sixers jersey, his biggest contributions to his teams lately have come when he leaves like the Denver-Detroit trade for Billups.  These guys aren't even the best players on their teams.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2010 2:20 pm

All-Star Starters

McGrady is an All-Star.  Rockets just don't know it.  Maybe some people need to turn their thinking around and say.  maybe the orginization is ignorant.  Or maybe the coach is stubborn.  The Rockets are doing exceptionaly well without him.  They keep slippin in and out of 8th place every week.  Mcgrady came off of a big injury and the coach wants to make the decision that a player with his talent is through.  I might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but the court will evaluate if the Tracy is finished.  Just my opinion.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2010 2:18 pm

All-Star Starters

Your an idiot. You are just as big of idiot as the 50,000 chinese people that voted for Yau Ming this year. It seems to me that people who have no idea how to spell ("your" instead of "you're;" "Yau" instead of "Yao") should not be calling others idiots.

Since: Jul 7, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2010 2:13 pm

All-Star Starters

Your an idiot.

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