Updated Jan. 19
You heard it here first: The 2010 NBA All-Star Game will be the greatest ever.
|Del Grande's East starters|
|Del Grande's West starters|
First off, the site is a stroke of genius. Thank goodness the local NFL team has been eliminated from the playoffs so every firework in the Dallas area can be saved for the Valentine's Day spectacular at Cowboys Stadium.
Second, with the East making a bit of a resurgence in recent years, the top two teams at the annual showcase won't be the West's starting five and the West's second five.
And most important, with the most fascinating free-agent class in the history of sports inching closer to graduation, what better way to move yourself onto the top shelf than putting on a show every NBA general manager will be watching?
The only thing that could mess things up is poor rostering. The fans have had their say, with starting lineups to be announced Thursday, and then coaches will select the reserves.
Here's what I'd like to see:
Toughest call: Rose over Rajon Rondo. You could argue Rondo is a better fit for a collection of All-Stars because he's the better ball distributor. But I say that's short-changing Rose, who flat-out can do it all.
Toughest call: Lee over Antawn Jamison. Two guys with good numbers on bad teams. The difference: Lee might lead the Knicks into the playoffs, whereas every Wizards game is meaningless.
Toughest call: Nowitzki over Amare Stoudemire. The game's in Dallas and Nowitzki recently went over 20,000 points for his career. OK, maybe it wasn't so hard.
Toughest call: Boozer over Chauncey Billups. Yeah, the league's sixth-leading scorer (Monta Ellis) is being snubbed, but when healthy, Billups is more than just an All-Star. He's an MVP candidate. In the East, he's the starter.
Only one guy from the Cavaliers, the top team in my weekly CBSSports.com NBA Power Rankings? Absolutely. When you're talking James, one is plenty.