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Thursday, January 8th, 2009 at 2:23 pm  |  278 responses

All-Star 2009: Final Balloting Update

by Ryne Nelson

That’s right, this is the fourth, and last, balloting update before all votes finalize in 11 days. Watch out for a few close races: Yi riding on KG’s coattails, Melo surpassing Amare, and CP3 falling behind TMac. If you ask me, if Yi has two more 20+ point games soon, he’ll jump Garnett. Starters will be announced Jan. 22, prior to a TNT doubleheader. Reserves will be announced one week later.

East Forwards
Player Votes
LeBron James 1,940,162
Kevin Garnett 1,375,814
Yi Jianlian 1,216,348
Chris Bosh 751,927
Paul Pierce 486,656
East Guards
Player Votes
Dwyane Wade 1,818,717
Allen Iverson 1,278,600
Vince Carter 856,498
Ray Allen 552,094
Devin Harris 474,637
East Centers
Player Votes
Dwight Howard 2,102,368
Samuel Dalembert 257,527
Rasheed Wallace 255,950
Jermaine O’Neal 224,583
Andrew Bogut 198,811


West Forwards
Player Votes
Tim Duncan 1,454,918
Carmelo Anthony 905,121
Amar’e Stoudemire 894,690
Ron Artest 890,992
Dirk Nowitzki 837,482
West Guards
Player Votes
Kobe Bryant 1,903,798
Tracy McGrady 1,216,224
Chris Paul 1,059,161
Manu Ginobili 669,837
Tony Parker 614,939
West Centers
Player Votes
Yao Ming 1,758,499
Shaquille O’Neal 1,006,383
Andrew Bynum 356,280
Mehmet Okur 292,845
Greg Oden 195,552
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  • MKP

    Yi? Really? Am I missing something?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    “…and CP3 falling behind TMac.”
    Might this qualify as a last laugh?

  • Joey E

    C’MON GUYS VOTE FOR EAZY YI

  • Diesel

    MKP – You’re missing 3 billion people living in China. That’s why we shouldn’t be able to vote.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Exactly Ryan. WTF?

  • http://slamonline.com Konate

    How is T-Mac up there?

  • http://si damascus

    if yall think dwight howard is the most popular player rite now cause he as the most votes…yall stupid..lol…hes the only great center in the east…so its pretty much a unaminus choice….hes the best center in the east….name another great center out east besides howard..u cant!

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Germs

    Don’t start again Ryan ;-) . The last laugh will be ….

    I can’t help but to agree with MKP; ‘Am I missing something about Yi?’

  • G8RS

    Thanks for the update.
    Looks like no contest for centers, Dwight easily racked it up.
    At the rate Granger’s playing right now, wish he had made the cut, but obviously competition is fierce for forwards.

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Germs

    Would be real fun if Shaq will be there!

  • underdog

    To be honest, for some reason I liked the ringless KG more, but I can’t let the Eazy-Yi experience happen, so I’m off to vote for the player formerly known as the Kid. Yes, we can!!

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Tracy should send a thank-you card to everyone in China.

  • Joey E

    I hope T-Pain pulls himself out of the game. this is nuts

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    And Yi could have two EIGHTY point games, it’s still ridiculous (and people aren’t voting for him because he deserves it anyway). All-Star is a joke, pretty much from top to bottom.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    The NBA will not honestly let Yi start even if he does have the most votes the NBA wont admit it or show it, if he did get the start then the whole voting process would be ruined every year after this one and the all star format would have to change. Nobody would take Yi starting in the All-Star game seriously, ratings would flop, the game would be a drag because a spot is wasted, the NBA wont let it happen.

  • http://deleted Fresh

    they shouldnt bring Shaq but maybe next year out of respect because he might retire. I think they should get rid of the centre position and have three forwards. Or if your going to put centre put…point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center. See the numbers look even more different because Mac and Kobe wouldnt both start. but overall i like it

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    Cosign Russ about the allstar game bein a joke it really is

  • Joey E

    NBK, you are correct. But why cant they do the same for T-Pain? I hate the Chinese lol. First they cheat in gymnastics and now this…again

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    “if [Yi] did get the start then the whole voting process would be ruined every year after this one and the all star format would have to change” GOOD! I’m voting for Yi as many times as possible, then. Fans should be able to vote for one additional player per team, and that’s it. Like there really has to be a vote to determine whether guys like LeBron, Kobe and Yao should be All-Stars? The voting process is ALREADY ruined. Spots are ALWAYS wasted.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Also, I’d like the names and e-mail addresses of the 198,811 people who think Andrew Bogut should be the East’s starting center.

  • Joey E

    Russ, Australia says hello

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    good point vote Yi for the sake of the future. The all star game should only be voted on by coaches, gm’s and basketball analysts give each 12 votes.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    And I’d like to know whether there’s a list available of all the vote totals—just to see how many votes Marbury’s gotten.

  • Joey E

    thats exactly why i’m voting for Yi. you know what, lets vote for T-Pain too

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    Joey E- Yi Jianlian is not even the age he is listed as. He is listed to have been born in 87 i believe when there are documents from his childhood that show he was born in 84. It seems China changed his age or someone did so he could compete in a youth tournament around age 14 (12)

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Damn Australia. I forgot about that. That probably explains all the Shane Heal write-in votes.

  • Joey E

    I still can’t believe that Joe Johnson has less votes than Jose Calderon, Luke Ridnour, and Gilbert Arenas

  • Joey E

    Why are you telling me this NBK?

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    Real basketball fans don’t vote for the all star game because they know it wont make a difference – hence dudes with familiar names, or from foreign countries getting votes while well known american players get left out

  • underdog

    I totally thought about the same thing as Russ. I want to see the complete list. I think Scalabrine is way over 300,000!

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    First they cheat in gymnastics and now this…again. Thats why same thing

  • Joey E

    haha ok i hear ya

  • http://slamonline.com Khalid Salaam

    All star game voting makes me LAUGH..

  • Bballrehab

    Agree with you Russ, this is getting ridiculous. Coaches, assistant coaches and some sportscasters should name the All-Stars, just like back in the days. Luckily enough there’s no indian player in the NBA palying the G position in the West; if so CP3 wouldn’t be an All-Star, go figure!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    2 billion people in China can, indeed, be wrong.

  • Joey E

    I think Voting for All-Stars is an excuse to use LSD

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    The Luke Ridnour vote, now there’s one I can’t figure out. Are the Aussies just voting for all the Bucks? Is Ridnour even still on the Bucks?

  • musicrebel

    Tracy McBaby in front of CP3? Seriously??

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    I do like my man damascus up there starting an argument with nobody…

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    bball rehad fan votes only effect starters, and CP wont be a starter anyway unless Tmac opts to sit out.

  • rav

    why not make the voting so that the people who go to the games have a great say than people like me who dont go to games (mostly due to geographical reasons) – after all the economy is in the crapper at the moment and the league should give the people who pay to turn up to the games night in night out greater influence on the ASG instead of some chinese kids who are now on a mission to get Yi ahead of KG and keep T-Mac ahead of CP3 (and if T-Mac leaves Houston I’d love to see how many votes he gets – the over/under being 12)

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I just cast a ballot that included Zach Randolph, Ron Artest, Stephon Marbury, Stephen Jackson, Baron Davis and Yi Jianlian. I also voted for Dwight but not ‘Bron just to to my part and help Dwight get the most overall votes. Because, you know, it matters so much.

  • rav

    and didnt yao start over shaq in 2003?

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    Yeah Ridnour is a buck, i would assume it is the Seattle fans tryin to make up for loosing their squad by voting for their favorite player.

  • rikson

    Can none of you guys imagine, that the L let us vote because they want to show us the most popular players. (Theres a difference between the best and the most popular players.) And whats wrong with that thought? Plus, its a buisness too…

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I totally forgot to vote for T-Mac, though.

  • http://coco-vents.blogspot.com Co Co

    Again, if Eazy Yi doesn’t start I’m going to be disappointed in China.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    yao has started every year hes been in the league

  • rav

    jesus, no way he should have been ahead of shaq in 2003 and 2004 – surely they should have done something back then to ensure another potential embarrassing situation

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    Can you Rikson realize that they made these rules before there was internet? Before China had a star? It used to be that only fans voted because the only place to vote was at the games. The L does not let the fan vote just for the most popular player, its for the most exciting player in that current season, because historically the guys that were exciting the arenas were getting the votes but now people that don’t even watch anything vote (china) for the guys whos names they recognize, not because they are the best to watch

  • Joey E

    I think the NBA enjoys this. They should rig th vote to have Yi start

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    And it DOESN’T show the most popular players. Not really. As pointed out earlier, Dwight Howard will probably ind up with the most votes not because he’s the most popular player, but because he’s the only rational choice at center in the East (unless you’re Australian). All voting does is potentially take spots away from deserving players.

  • Joey E

    what’s amazing to me is how many people complain about Duncan being “boring”, yet he has a boat load of votes.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I figure I can vote for Yi (and not KG) a good 20 more times in the next 11 days. Join the movement! I think I’m jumping on the Luke Ridnour train, too. He’s only 900,000 votes away from a starting spot! We should also make it our mission to get Artest ahead of Amar’e and Melo.

  • rikson

    But if china has a star now – shouldnd the chinese, who probably cant see him often, be able to see him at least in the allstar game?

    So Howard isn’t the most popular center in the east???

  • Joey E

    I cant believe Artest doesnt have more votes to begin with. I wonder if China knows he’s a Rocket

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    how many people from san antonio and the virgin islands think Tim Duncan is boring? All his votes come from those places

  • Joey E

    I’m with you Russ, Eazy Yi has my vote

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    Howard is the most popular center in the east, but what they meant by he is not the most popular is he has the most votes out of anybody including yao and he is not the most popular player in the nba. The chinese get every single houston rocket game, but the games take place at like 6 in the morning, the all star game will be even more inconvenient i believe it starts at around 4:30 am in china this year. They can see whatever they want but I am willing to bet the whole country is not going to wake up early for Yao’s 7th all star game.

  • Wiz

    James,Garnett,Bosh,Pierce,Allen,Wade,Iverson,Butler,Granger,J Johnson,Rhondo,Howard………..

    Bryant,McGrady,Parker,Paul,Anthony,Dirk,Amare,Yao,Shaq,Roy,Duncan,Billups

    Close the votes!!!!!!!!

  • Joey E

    Yi has back-to-back 20 point games, including a double double. Definitely all-star worthy, right?

  • mike

    I just hope Ron Artest keeps getting the Yao Ming byproduct votes from china. I really want him to start. That would complete his turn around from the brawl. I hope vince gets voted by the coaches. The all-star game is for players like him.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Me thinks that Howard winning last years dunk contest has helped some, no?

  • Myung

    The thing that doesn’t make sense to me is… T-Mac is clearly popular with many people in China because he is a Rocket, hence he has more votes than Chris Paul. If that holds true, then why don’t Vince and Devin have more votes, since many more Chinese fans are following the Nets now?

  • http://phoenixsunsrising.blogspot.com Hersey

    Gotta love the China effect. Look at Artest’s votes!

  • Myung

    Vince gave up his starting spot (reluctantly?) to MJ in 2003. If Yi or T-Mac get chosen to start the ASG, I have a feeling Yi might do the right thing, but I’m not sure T-Mac would give up his spot to someone more deserving.

  • Joey E

    i didnt realize Artest was so high up. I’m voting for him now

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Joey E: Well, Vince Carter and Devin Harris ABSOLUTELY deserve to be All-Stars this year—should the Nets get three representatives? Seems a bit much. (Incidentally, I love that the West has eight teams with 20-plus wins while the East has, uh, three.)

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Well, Vince is third and Devin fifth.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    Uhm who said Chinese fans were following the Nets? Yao came over as China’s “savior” the guy who would start the Ming Dynasty, would win titles and bring basketball power to China. Yi is just his sidekick. Chinese people might follow Yi but as I said they really do not get to watch the games because of the time differences and the Nets are not very fun to watch regardless of whether or not they have a chinese guy.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    If Yi gave up his starting spot in the All Star game the Chinese would shun him and be ashamed, if he gets the chance to start he will

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Shoot…Devin makes the Nets fun too watch by himself. So does that Lopez twin. And Vince and his antics are mildly entertaining.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    yeah true that my bad i overexaggerated

  • rav

    “shouldnt the chinese, who probably cant see him often, be able to see him at least in the allstar game?”

    they get every rockets and nets game live in china, so its not like they are getting withdrawal symptoms

  • rav

    and look at shane battier’s and luis scola’s votes – far higher than the number of votes they’d get than if they played in memphis

  • Myung

    There are some people who vote for a presidential candidate because he is white. There are some people who vote for a presidential candidate because he is black. There are some people who vote for an NBA player because he is Asian. For those who are mad at Yi getting so many votes, please realize that the system itself allows this sort of thing to happen. While I’m Asian, I wouldn’t vote someone like Yi as a starter for the ASG because he probably isn’t even the 5th best player on the Nets. My favorite NBA players are white and black, not Asian. That being said, I can understand why a lot of Asians DO stand firmly behind Yi and Yao. They are seen as trail blazers (not of the Portland variety, mind you). It’s the voting system that’s potentially messed up, not the mindset of Asians.

  • rikson

    But everybody has to choose one center – so to me it seems pretty clear, why he has the most votes.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    My question is: how does Sammy Dalembert have more votes than Sheed?

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    CANADA

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Get that making sense stuff outta here Myung.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I thought Canadians hated him after he stiffed their National Team?

  • Kayfah

    if Yi gets a starting position, i wont watch the game

  • Myung

    LOL, Tad.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    The national team stiffed him

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I definitely blame the system more than the good people of China. That said, I need to start voting for more white guys.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    lol

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I’d just like to point out that somebody needs to pass David West some votes ’cause that dude is invisible.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Myung, i’d be more upset that none of your Hawks have even cracked top 5. Joe Johnson should, in the least.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Redheads, specifically. HEY, WHY AREN’T SCALABRINE AND BONNER ON THE BALLOT??????? This is a blatant case of haircolorism, and I won’t stand for it. GINGERS UNITE! FIRE STERN!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Don’t start a fire, E.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    arguably Joe Johnson SHOULD be starting, Iverson prolly does not necessarily deserve to be on the East squad at all

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    It’s just the Billy Joel in me.

  • Ken

    Co-sign Myung. The system is flawed, not China. Stop all the hating. Yi obviously doesn’t deserve to be a starter. No debate there. But in 2003 when VC was injured all season and was still voted a starter by the fans, I don’t remember a lot of anti-Florida, or anti-black comments.

  • Myung

    I want to see the people in Georgia (the country, of course) put together a Zaza Pachulia campaign. The oldest looking 24 year old in history deserves a spot on the team.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Iverson certainly doesn’t. But the hood got his back.

  • Myung

    Russ, I think Delonte West and Mike Beasley are red heads, no?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Oden will challenge that in a few years.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Well apparently, Sheed’s has been pulled.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Mehmet Okus is 4th among West centers. Apacolypse now.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Okur as well.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    No one’s “hating” on Yi. Please point out one instance of that. People ARE “hating” on the system, as they should be. Hang on, I need to go vote for him again and write in Scalabrine at the other forward spot.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Sheed would rather be in Barbados anyway. Or North Philly.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I liked him shooting left handed threes last year.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I hope Danny Granger average’s 30 for the rest of the season.

  • Myung

    I disagree to some extent, Russ. While some people are rightfully hating on the system, there have also been numerous anti-Yi and more so, anti-Chinese voter comments, in the past few weeks. That’s not hating on the system; that’s focusing ire on the wrong area.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    I think everyone should vote in josh childress and see whats poppin. He comin back next year by the way greece ain’t workin out.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I’m writing in Brandon Jennings. And Rubio.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    I think if they are going to keep the voting which they prolly will then they should turn it into the electoral college system where china gets 30% of the overall votes europe gets 10% and the US and everywhere else combine for the other 60%

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Iverson is stealing a spot. I hate lifetime achievement votes. He’s not one of the two best guards in the East THIS year.

  • collin

    fans shouldn’t vote. the nba should just decide who the all stars are. fans don’t vote for who they think deserves it, they just vote for who they want to be in it. why the hell should yi go to the all star gae, he is an average player on an average team. brandon roy is one of the top 10 players in the league, people don’t vote for him because he isn’t as famous as everyone else.allen iverson is still a beast, but you can’t say he is having a year worthy of starting in the ASG. and samuel dalebert?, all im sayin is the ASG is made for the premiere players of the year so far. with fans voting, it aint gonna be that way. yau has started every year too, he should be in the game, but not as a starter.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Oh, right, “hating” on China. I’m not sure whether that’s really the case, either (although it could be read that way). What’s messed up is that the voting for the NATIONAL Basketball Association All-Star game is heavily INTERNATIONAL. I mean, we don’t let China (or any other country) pick our President, so why do they get to pick our All-Stars? I understand that David Stern has a raging hard-on for globalization, but hey dude, maybe find a way to give more weight to the voices of those people who actually go to games. Otherwise you may as well just move the whole League overseas and be done with it. After all, China and Russia are wealthier than we are. Chase those dollars! Er, yen.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    something along those lines because it really is not fare for the people that are spending their money on american basketball to be overshadowed by a group in which the majority won’t even watch the live game.

  • collin

    damn you david stern!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    All these people talking about the NBA’s f*cked-up ASG voting system — NBA wins.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Wait, are yen Chinese or Japanese? I can never keep foreign currency straight.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    Russia is not richer then us right now russ lol thats crazy talk their economy is eatin sh1t worse then ours and because of ours

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I’ve written in Kenny Bannister, Dennis Hopson, Anthony Bowie and Matt Bullard but I doubt I’m going to see any returns.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Blame the jew.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I was wondering if that would get thru wordpress. Yet, It@lian doesn’t. Weird.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    japanese is yen chinese is yuan

  • http://www.lifehoopsthoughts.blogspot.com the baconator

    The ASG voting system is seriously screwed up. I hate to sound elitist, but if these are the players the fans think are “All-Star” caliber, then they shouldn’t be allowed to vote. I’m all for people being allowed a say in who gets in, but seriously: T-Mac beating CP3?!? Chris Paul’s putting up amazing numbers, and yet he’s losing to a guy putting up just average numbers. Just goes to show that too many people are voting based on name instead of gameplay (like Devin Harris being last among Eastern guards).

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    TAD, the faccia di stronzo I grew up with in Jersey actually had a game like that.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    CAN WE PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE VOTE CHAUNCEY BILLUPS???

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Shouldn’t you be screaming for Rondo, Moose?

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    not after the last 7 games

  • http://www.lifehoopsthoughts.blogspot.com the baconator

    My votes: West- Stoudemire, David West, CP3, Kobe, Al Jefferson. East- Danny Granger, Lebron, Devin Harris, D-Wade, Howard. None of that “Yi and T-Mac” crap, haha

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I’m pretty psyched that Gilbert has 400,000-plus votes despite not having played in a meaningful game since 1998.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    @E:Have you seen Rondo play the last two weeks? No he shouldn’t.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    *votes for Keith Van Horn*

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    NBK stole the words outta my mouth. In my last B@chi post I believe I said that, right, Eboy? If not for these horrid last ten or so games, I’d be screaming like I was. As of now, I won’t complain. There are years to come where he will definitely be there.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I’m writing in Todd MacCulloch.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I know that, B. but three weeks ago Rondo was supposed to be locked in to a starting spot. Remember?

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Can Bush and Dick take Gilbert with them when they leave D.C. ?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Does the ASG have a rollerskating competition?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBQEmmgDl9I Boing Dynasty

    I would vote for Yi, but KG would still get the back up spot, and it would really be screwing Bosh out of a ASG spot, and he deserves it more than both of them.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    Rondo locked into the STARTING spot? Eboy what are you talking about

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Wait—how the heck does Brendan Haywood have nearly 180,000 votes? I didn’t even think people in WASHINGTON liked him. UNC supporters?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Sarcasm, CYT, sarcasm.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    Or did he vote for himself 175,000 times?

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    wow i am an idiot hahaha

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    UNC doesn’t like him either. Maybe the Haywood’s have a large family tree?

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    what is CYT? I am pretty sure i should already know but all i can think of is control your temper and i doubt thats it

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I also thought Candace would mobilize the WNBA vote for her boo* Sheldon. (*I promise to never again use the word “boo” in that context.)

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Thanks.

  • jaymes

    C’mon Russ Bogut is a great player! Has a real flashy all-star caliber game too..

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Right now, Dirk wants to take another swing. Where are all the German votes?

  • Jess

    does anyone even take all-star balloting serious…this is just funny – and this is why fans shouldnt vote the all-stars – it should actually be based in production.

  • awesomepossum

    any news on the ROOKIE game?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    CYT- abbrev: from the verb, Change Your Tampon. I told you that you will live with that if I can help it.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    Hey Russ the WNBA is on its way out of business there are no votes for Candace Parker to convert

  • thasam

    it’s been awhile since I’ve been here. I’m with the majority of you, the NBA should fix this China situation; I’m generally in favor of letting the fans vote, but the internet has really messed things up, and opening it up internationally only compunds the problem. Also, I’m with Joey E on Duncan – you always hear about how the fans don’t appreciate Duncan’s greatness (with the implication that we’re not smart or savvy enough because he doesn’t do anything flasy or have charisma) and yet he starts every year over gusy like Staudamire and even at times KG when he was iin the West. Also, as far as I’m concerned, Duncan is a center – I don’t know of a power forward who is their teams main shot-blocking presence.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Perhaps we (myself included) should chill and just enjoy this exhibition game. They shouldn’t even list allstar games as career achievements since the voting system is not made that way. 1,216,348 people want to tune in and see Yi starting, whatever. The ASG is obviously not about the best players in a particular year. If that was the case, the coaches would be voting or the top coach would just pick 12 guys.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    I tried to change my name to that but Slam wouldn’t let me.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Just abbreviate it, we’ll know who you are.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    I tried

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    My question is: where is this Paul Millsap ASG push we’ve been hearing about all day? How many votes he got?

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    I thnk its a push for him to be a reserve and he is the one pushing.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    When is the ASG? Cause Melo is out a month anyway.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    in a month

  • ab_40

    So when Yao started in the all star game over shaq it was good for the game and now the system is flawed.

    AI and T-Mac are on there for uhm past services.

    And there are no ASG caliber point guards in the east… there I said it

  • http://www.youtube.com/teamairyork blackice87

    someone vote for blount and douby…..anthony morrow is more all star caliber than alot of that list.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    ab_40, let me introduce you to a fellow named Devin Harris. Devin, ab_40… ab_40, Devin.

  • Hugo

    china really messes this whole thing up

  • Al

    Yao can’t be mentioned in the same sentence as Kobe lebron or wade… Boooooo

  • adbphilly

    If only Elton Brand didnt bite on that shot fake against the Bucks on Dec 17…..that bone woulda stayed securely in place and we coulda won more than one game on the west coast trip and he coulda maybe got atleast on the ballot. Poor iggy too. He is just starting to get hot. The only hope is that people get Mareesse Speights in the Rookie Challenge.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    adbphilly you don’t really know what your talking about in terms of how the all star game and rookie game work. The people have no say in who plays in the rookie game & Elton Brand is on the ballot they make it before the season starts

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    not tryin to be mean just lettin you know

  • http://www.alloutblitz.com Cordeazy

    no Flip Murray love? no? just me? ok

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    crazy voting, i think players need to vote for their peers, the hell with fans, the games will still be exciting because there will be new all stars every year (not everyone of course), so there would be more competition instead of this “i’ve been here done that, let me just make the appearance” attitude. and Battier, Rafer, and scola are probably top 6 or 7 in their positions, silly fans!…..and i like the T-Pain nickname…

  • method526

    gotta get granger on that list ASAP

  • Myung

    The SENTENCE of the day is: “Yao can’t be mentioned in the same sentence as Kobe lebron or wade.”

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    I’ve written in Pat Burke 19,000 times.

  • that dude

    The NBA could select the 12 players on each squad and let the fans decide the starters from the 12.

    I win.

  • that dude

    I like the fact that this voting system has been flawed for years, (Didn’t Alonzo Mourning get the start while still on the operating table for his kidney?)

    But there’s an uproar now that there’s clearly a “us” and “them”

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    The voting System has been flawed forever but lets not forget that it has also given the chance for very special moment(s). THe only one i can think of that is an advantage of the fan voting is Magic Johnsons MVP performance in 1992 and that game was the best all star game (in my opinion)

  • Myung

    The ultimate power lies with the All Star head coaches. Even if T-Mac makes the team as a starter, if the coach (I’m thinking it’ll be Phil this year?) pulls T-Mac after 5 minutes and lets CP play the majority of the minutes, all shall be well. Maybe.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    Not really Myung because Tmac is still stealing someone’s roster spot..

  • http://slam Swish

    Bosh deserves to be ahead of Yi. David Stern is oblivous to the who all star/chinese vote.

    P.S. Bargs for write-in

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Iverson doesn’t deserve it.
    But I’m glad he’s going.

  • Myung

    Well, that’s where the “maybe” came in. I’m not sure there’s any good solution to this “problem” because there will be beef with any solution. Maybe David Stern could pick the rosters? Barack Obama? The SLAM staff? Maybe have the players make the picks? The coaches? The mascots? No matter what method you use, someone will be stealing someone’s roster spot, in someone’s opinion. The only suggestion I have (and obviously this isn’t a perfect solution) is to just let fans vote at NBA arenas and get rid of online voting. Other than that, I’ve got nothing…

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    The difference between what you just said Myung and the Voting system they have now, a guy who does not even deserve to be on the team at all (theoretically) will get a starting spot, thus leaving someone who deserves a spot off the team. If it were up to the coaches and sportswriters then the 5 starters will all definately deserve to be on the team (maybe not all deserve to start, but it will atleast be debatable instead of blatenly wrong)

  • Myung

    Allenp, although I don’t support Yi being a starter, IF (I still doubt he’ll overtake KG) he makes it, I’m sure many Chinese fans will have the same thoughts about Yi that you share about AI. Not to say Yi is in the same class as Iverson, but yeah… just saying.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    or they are biased votes whatever though

  • Myung

    NBK, I’ve got no problem with the coaches and/or sportswriters naming the starters. I don’t remember the last time I’ve ever voted for the All Star starters, and I’ve watched every ASG since 1988. I’ll watch the game, regardless.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    i am talking about both Yi and Ai not just the chinese votes. Its not about wanting to see the player the majority of people that vote will not even watch the game its just a recognizable name

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    Me 2 I just think that would be a way better solution even for the fans if they realize it or not

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    So, NBK, you know what people in China are thinking?
    And people in America too?
    You just know that it’s not that Iverson is so popular and poeple love his style of play. Instead it’s because people just know his name.
    Same thing with McGrady and Chris Paul.
    And it couldn’t be that Chinese fans will take pride in seeing two of their country men face off against each other. Instead, they are just going with a name.
    Glad to have you hear to read minds.

  • Kieran

    I would gladly pass up my vote to take power away from the people some of this is damn crazy. If Chris Paul, the NBA’s greatest playmaker and 2nd in MVP voting sits for t-mac it will be a dark day for basketball.

  • Michelle

    I’m totally with Joey E..everyones has to vote for Yi he’s been a pretty big help for the Nets this season although if I had to pick my favorite Nets player to date hands down I’d pick Brook Lopez rookie outa Standford ! He’s amazing and will have a great chance of being a big star in the NBA.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    lets go by logic allen if the majority of votes for Yi are from China and the game takes place at 6:00 PM NY time that translates to 7 am in hong kong. I am willing to bet most people in china even if they voted for the all star game are not going to wake up and tune out the rest of their morning to watch the game. Allen Iverson is being voted into the all star game and it is obviously not by fans that actually pay attention to what is going on or else they would know he doesn’t deserve a start that is evidence that the people voting are casual fans and will not set their days around the all star game. I am not saying all the people that vote wont watch the game but I guarantee you the majority of people who voted for Yi and Ai are the people who are not setting their sunday by the all star game. In fact last year’s all star game reached a record low in TV ratings, and has gone down every year since TNT picked it up. Plus TNT is not local television it is on cable.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    glad to have you read my mind

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    And ofcourse the Chinese are going to take pride in their country men being represented in the all star game, but they do not have to watch it to be proud.

  • underdog

    I propose a Dick Bavetta VS. Chuck Barkley rematch!

  • jaymes

    Who gives a s#$t if Yi starts, really? Vince didn’t deserve a starting spot or even a bench spot for the last couple of seasons but he always got in.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    The only thing dumber than the all satr balloting process… is this thread. I saw the number of comments and knew Never Been Kissed took it over agin. Dude is awesome at arguing with himself.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ RV

    i’m reading sportswriters, coaches, etc…but no one mentions player voting like i did. Why isn’t that the best idea? Who else knows who’s played well than the actual competition they’re playing well against. Coaches don’t always see everything. Sportswriters see even less. Let the players vote, anonymous voting, solves everything. Fans should be voting for the all star saturday participants, not the all star game.

  • jaymes

    I say coaches pick the starters, fans pick the bench..Keeps stern’s world domination plans in check and the best players will start..

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Ryne: Just a question: How many 20 point games has Yi had recently? You said “two more”. This isn’t sarcastic lol, I’m just curious because I know he had 20 yesterday and I hope that he has indeed improved.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    CO-SIGN JAYMES @ 6:42 PM JAN 8. TRUE THAT.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Co Sign RV. Fans can vote for the 3 point and dunk contest (but then it’d be Kobe vs Bron every year. And neither of those guys is at all interested. Maybe only players in their first 3-4 seasons?) But I think players, coaches and GMs should be the ones voting for All Stars. Sportswriters these days are almost as bad as the Chinese! Kidding.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    James’ way would work too.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ RV: Every player votes for himself?

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Whole we’re at the Dunk Contest . . . VOTE RUDY.

  • vic21

    Sooooo YI is just above KG why? because the chinese goverment has every chinese citizen voting 19 times a day for YI and YAO

  • jaymes

    Iverson, Vince and Ray Ray are above Harris, Why?
    Dalembert is even on the list, Why?

  • Saami

    Vote Jackie Moon

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Kid Presto

    Yeah, coaches can start voting next year. this is horrible.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    Russ, Ryan, anyone: how is it possible that T-Mac is still getting so many votes? I’m not hating on him, but I never would’ve expected he still has so many fans.

  • http://www.sprint.com/sero dma

    people that say 3 billion people vote for yi are racist. come on seriously, like even 1 billion chinese people even know what a computer is.

  • MeloMan13

    Canada needs to get behind Bosh. we are bigger than the United States!!!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Vote Dikembe!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    YI over Boris Diaw? FRANCE WHY CANT YOU BE LIKE CHINA????

  • http://www.myspace.com/ag41 Albert

    dam.. no love for d-rose?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    lol at MeloMan13 because he’s an idiot.

  • Mike

    If VC doesnt make it this year im going to lose my mind, he and Harris deserve it as much as anyone this year

  • http://www.nba.com stu

    NBK, thanks so much for commenting all the time, especially to the SLAM crew, who continuously ignore you. Thanks for being the unofficial voice of the people, and thanks always being right, always being completely over opinionated, regardless of false information or whatever you quickly google and wikipedia in between posts to help sway your arguments and make yourself sound knowledgeable (epic. fail.).. i love it that you know everything about everything, your opinion is fact and final, and most of all, i love how you go to bed each night thinking “sh*t yeah, i totally ruled the forum AGAIN!!..” after spending hours ‘educating’ all of us poor simpletons. you are a hump. a total hump. a hump with a superiority complex which probably stems from being inferior elsewhere in your life (look down). this can not be stressed enough. you are a hump. everyone thinks it. every one in here. we read your relentless diatribes every day and just groan. don’t come to australia, ever, please. thank you. AND NAME A BIG THAT PASSES BETER THAN BOGUT IN THE EAST?? he’d sure as sh*t be beter to watch than dalembert!!

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    stu, i co-sign all of your comment 100% retaining to Nbkancer, but i think KG is just about equal if not slightly above Bogut in passing ablity.

  • Bostwik

    Yi ahead of Bosh is ridiculous.

  • Koooooooobe

    NBA should not let public decide, sans china people still make crap choices. Need to deserve to become an all-star, Yi aside, AI, Melo, T-Mac are all potential starters … none of them deserve a look in.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Stu: Sheed, KG, Bosh, Jermaine, Brand, Z, Diaw, Horford….um, thats all i got.

  • melvin ely

    lol @ stu. Imagining some random white guy pumping his fists in bed at night going “YES! FORUUMMMSS!” gives me the giggles. GJ

  • http://www.nba.com stu

    betcats – true re: garnett, but he’ll get in the squad regardless, i just can’t believe bogut is so far behind the hatian canadian with the riiiidiculous contract!
    tadone – my bad, i meant flashy all-star type passes, not assists per game (his assists are so low because he gets about 4 plays run for him a night, btw).. and by “BIG” i meant a true 5 man..

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    shame for those chinese …

  • Nashty

    I am a Chinese but F**K China if Yi really gets the starting spot on the ASG. And at this rate, Tmac is likely to start over CP3 which is just ridiculous. This is why the Chinese don’t deserve a democracy…….

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Hey, that’s what the nba get for their money grubbing east extension. An allstar game with Yi as the starting PF. Yayyyy. This so so absurd, i can only shake my had at it. suffice to say that the alleged freeze out of MJ by Isiah back in the day is gonna look like a walk in the park compared to what’s gonna happen to Yi and T-Mac. Oh wait a minute, Ron has more Votes than DIRK?? Are you freaking kidding me? And Devin is getting screwed!!!!!!! Ah eff this, so happy i stopped voting in the year MJ retired for real.

  • KBDWILL

    What the hell? T-mac over Cp3? Yi gettin to an all-star game before Dwill? Dalembert is even mentioned? Samuel Freaking Dalembert? The one that plays for Philly? This has got to be a joke!!!! Lol I love it! At this rate im surprised that Agent Zero isn’t mentioned!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Coaches, attention! If Devin, Danny G and Dirk (yeah, the triple D’s) are not chosen by you to be reserves, i know people, who know people, who own crowbars! Bloody league slogan is really sticking right now, “where amazing (crap) happens”!!!!!

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh, and same goes for young Chris in the T-Dot!

  • http://deleted DD

    yi might start but cp3 doesn’t. cp3 is the leading assister, stealer and almost scorer. last year he finished 2nd in mvp voting, yi is not even in the top ten of any categories (NOT EVEN REBOUNDING).

    YI sucks

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    @Stu Reg: you totally dogging Never.Been.Kissed at 8.56pm. That was spot on. Too bad his overinflated head won’t allow him to even acknowledge your AWESOME rebuke. But deep down, he know’s you’re right. Good on ya.

  • Joe

    there should be 13/14 spots on the all-star roster, and the 13th and 14th should be voted by the fans, not the the main 12.

  • Nbk

    Nbkancer is a good one, and going to bed thinking about the forums is second to thinking about that magical day i get my acceptance into the world’s strongest man competition. But regardless of what you want to believe me or not the NBA is going to market the players that are most recognizable, (Allen Iverson, Yi Jianlian) it is not a bad thing for a casual fan to vote for the name and/or face they recognize most. I don’t understand why you waste so much time complaining about me rather than ignoring what i say. If what I say bothers you so much don’t worry about it, I don’t care if you don’t agree with me. Gotta go eat some eggs and steak then lift up a station wagon

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    Oh but you do care, pumpkin. your endless arguing and prattling counterpoints tell another story. But that’s such a great tip from ya. since you obviously state rubbish to get reactions from the slamonline comments section, it’s time for me to call your bluff. Let the ignoring begin.

  • http://nba.com tealish

    Nashty, racist talk is racist talk, regardless of whether you preface it with a “I’m a Chinese”.

  • melvin ely

    oh and this might be slightly off-topic, but D-miles apparently has only 2 games to go before gatting Portland’s salary cap gats banzai’d. NBA – where being an overpaid douche results into you getting paid more happens

  • melvin ely

    how the fu(k you misspell ‘get’ twice is beyond me OR my keyboard

  • http://Slamonline.com O

    Shaq got 100,006,382 more votes than I expected. I figured Shaq-Fu would vote for himself and that would’ve been the end of that.

  • clapzilla

    We Should All Vote For Every NBA Player At Least Once. Also, If They Only Released The Top 5 In Each Category Then Most of This Talk Isn’t Gonna Happen. Seriously, Look At The List Ryne Posted; It Almost Makes Sense.

  • DG

    If the ASG is about voting for the people YOU most want to see in the ASG, then how can people get the voting “wrong”?
    If it’s about voting for the best players, take the fans out of the loop. Coaches too. Voting should be by the players. FUBU. Can’t vote for yourself or your (current) teammates, aside from that anything goes…and make the votes public.
    That should sort it out!

  • DG

    …and yes, there could be all sorts of collusion and deals made – but given there are only, what, c.450 players in the league it’d be easy to spot and mock (er “request justification of”) …

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jack

    Can’t believe this…
    Yao, Amare, Melo, Kobe, CP3 should start 4 the west.
    East should be Dwight, KG, LBJ, D-Wade and Devin Harris.
    Bench players are (you can figure out their conferences) Danny Granger, Sheed, Tim Duncan, Joe Johnson, Tony Parker, CB4, Sammy Dalembert, T-Mac, Bynum, VC and I can’t be bothered goin on… Just no Yi.

  • http://www.nba.com stu

    thanks for the props darksaber.. i read every day and hardly ever post, but something had to be said.. i’m with you on the Three D’s too my man.. and melvin ely (if that IS in fact your real name haha) darius miles was cut after the grizz last game.. he’s back to watching knicks games at his house, double head bumping to q-rich everytime q hits one out of every 7 attempts.. they tight like that..

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Yeh, I second the part about not coming to Australia Stu.
    Did you post during the Olympics? I remember there being quite a few Aussies around, especially vs. the USA when slamonline was doing the game coverage.

  • Rob

    Hey Russ,
    the NBA is no NATIONAL league. The NBA is international, because it wants to sell internationally. It’s a global product, they get global profits for it. So let the voting be international. I think it is wrong to think the NBA would be a league for mainly American players. There is a thing called globalization going on, people. Just because the games take place on US ground doesn’t mean that the thing is American.

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  • slamfan4life

    NOO ROSE ISNT GONNA MAKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    NBK
    Logically, you’re arguing that casual fans, the ones that won’t watch the game, or taking the time to go to the NBA.com website and cast multiple votes for players.
    Really?
    You think that’s a logical assumption regarding the behavior of casual fans. That despite their “casual” nature, they would take the time to regularly go to the NBA.com website and vote.
    Don’t try to use logic NBK, it’s not your area of expertise.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    *are

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    Or when a CASUAL FAN goes to an NBA game say with their child, the child gets bored and fills out ballots said child will probably punch all the names they recognize, same thing with a casual fan at a game, I did not say the majority of VOTERS wont watch the game, I said the majority of casual fans that do vote, like say at the games in their home arena, or chinese basketball fans that do not really watch the games live that sign onto NBA.com to vote but will not watch any part of the game but the highlights. I do not understand why me saying this upset you so much allen I did not start any kind of argument with anybody ya’ll are just takin what I say like I am the joker and you all are batman. Whether you think that casual fans have the audacity to vote then not watch the game is what you think but it happens. It is PERFECTLY LOGICAL to say those fans who are CASUAL will vote for the names they recognize and will not necessarily watch the game.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com NBK

    and i never said anything about casual fans that don’t watch games signing onto NBA.com just another instance of you assuming what I meant. Good to have you read my mind though

  • http://nothinpersonal8.blogspot.com/ nothin personal

    @ Russ
    I think that a lot of NBA’s revenew comes from TV rights and merchandise that sells abroad. Seems right to let people vote. If they didn’t want Yi in, they shouldn’t put him on the ballot. I thing with YI on KGs tail, sane people will unite and vote for him. I still thing he brought it on himself with his stupid shenanigans a little bit, though…
    Besides, I think people are voting the Boguts and haywoods just because they know Dwight is in, so they want to put some pressure on the coaches that are picking the backup C. Or maybe they just hate Dwight. Or they just want to vote for Yi and they tick random names to fill the rest of the ballot!

  • Ender

    Who cares if people vote for recognizable names, or guys they just like to watch either way the All-Star game is supposed to be ALL STARS not 22 stars and a chinese role player and a former star.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    NBK
    Let me break this down to the easiest level for you.
    If your thesis is that casual fans drive All-Star voting, how do you explain that most voting for the All-Star team happens online?
    If you’re assuming that the people voting are such casual fans that they will not even watch the game, those are your words, why would those same casual fans make an effort to go the NBA’s website and vote in an online poll?
    Which action takes more effort?
    Passively watching a game, or taking the time to go the NBA’s website multiple times and submit a ballot?
    From where I’m sitting the answer is easy.
    Homie, you are NOT as smart as you think you are. Few of us are as smart as we think you are, but the gap between your perception of your intelligence and the reality is really, REALLY irking since you consistently use a tone that implies that everyone else is below you.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    It takes effort to vote online, or even in an arena. People who do not care that much about basketball, which describes most casual fans, are not going to be expending a lot of effort for a game they dont’ even care about. Sure, they are some people who might do it out of boredom, but the amount of votes Yi and Iverson have recieved do not denote the work of casual fans.
    Instead, it appears to be a sign that both of those players have immense and loyal fanbases. And those fanbases are voting.
    BEn Osborne just noted the other day that Iverson got another SLAM cover because Iverson sells magazines. He sells magazines because lots of people like him. Which means that he’s going to get fan votes for the All-Star team, not becuase he’s just recognizable, but because he’s freaking popular!

  • Orlando Green

    I hope Yi gets by Garnett just for the controversy that it will create…

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com nbk

    You can’t become recognizable without being popular first. Iverson is now recognizably popular, if you want to take into account the average fan (not the casual one) the average fan does not know everything about the NBA or its players they know about a select few often marketed players and their home team. So when an average NBA fan votes and they decide to fill out the entire ballot do you think they are going to see who is having a better season before they vote or do you think they will vote for the player they recognize…..using the term popular is just another way of saying they are voting for the guy because they recognize who he is. It is plainly obvious that people are voting for the players they recognize and it as i have already said is not a bad thing it is just something that for the good of the game they should not allow (fan voting). I am not the only one who thinks they should not let the fans vote it has been said on here by more then just me. I do not think I am smarter then any of you, but DUH people are going to vote for the players they knwo rather then the plaeyrs they have never heard of. Hence Iverson has more votes then Devin Harris although he probably does not deserve it.

  • Ender

    Allen said to NBK – Few of us are as smart as we think you are
    if thats the case then respect his opinion what he is saying makes sense dude

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    I was voting for CB but now i’m going to vote for KG, just becuase i don’t want Yi in the starting five,it doesn’t matter how well Yi plays the chinese will vote for him cuase he’s chinese, i’m English but i don’t vote for Luol Deng and Ben Gordon

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com nbk

    thank you

  • Myung

    I’ve seen many people on here more annoying than NBK in the past year and a half. I think that’s a compliment, NBK, but I’m not completely sure.

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    If Yi doesn’t start, China will ask for their loans to the US to be repaid…

  • Andy

    lakers fan here. i hate kg and is disgusted by his antics. therefore, i urge all lakers fans to vote for Yi (which i have done twice already) so that kg loses his starting spot

    that said, the current system is obviously flawed and Stern needs to find some way to rectify this. perhaps a weighted vote with fan votes, player/coach votes, and media votes counting for certain percentages in the overall vote

  • C-Dubb

    I think it sucks they get voted in by there name or popularity. Devin Harris and Rajon Rondo are the 2 best PGs, behind Wade who dosen’t even play PG, in the east and they more then likely won’t even make the team. It’s time players get in on by what they do on the floor and not the name on the back of there jersey.

  • El Capitan

    people of australia would vote for bogut, although i’m australian and i vote for dwight…i think bogut is a crap player. he always play terrible on the world stage as well.

  • Dwyane

    Im tired of people complaining of Iverson’s votes yes he probably will start and whys everyone whining Devin Harris will make the team anyways cas of the coaches. BUT IF U GUYS THINK IVERSON DON’T DESERVE EM. Tell me one guard in the east or any player in the nba with the following:

    -Sickest Crossover Ever
    -Best Little Man Ever
    -4 Time Scoring Champ
    -Leading a sh*t sixers team to the finals by himself.

    -NCAA Big East Rookie Of The Year (1995)
    -2× NCAA Big East Defensive Player Of The Year (1995, 1996)
    -NBA Rookie of the Year (1997)
    -All-Star Rookie Game Most Valuable Player (1997)
    -All Rookie First Team (1997)
    -NBA Most Valuable Player (2001)
    -2× NBA All-Star Game MVP (2001, 2005)
    -3× All-NBA First Team Selection
    -3× All-NBA Second Team Selection
    -8× NBA All-Star

    There is not another player that has done this or got close. Those are some of the reasons Allen Iverson stole so many hearts.

    He Can still average 30 if he wants BUT HE’S 33 and he needs to THE NBA CHAMPIONSHIP TO THAT LIST and he can’t do it by averaging 30 which would mean 22 or more shots a game with RIP RASHEED TAYSHAUN STUCKEY on his team.

    A.I. is all star. For ever maybe.

  • Dwyane

    Talk about Devin Harris when he can do that.
    Now your gonna say its about this season not those seasons but my point is Iverson can still do that if he wants

  • http://www.nba.com stu

    sup hursty, yeah man i was posting on here during beijing, and athens too.. i’ve been around for a minute or two.. totally unrelated, but as i type this, the magic are more than doubling lang’s hawks in the third, 39 to 86.. wow.

  • Myung

    That was maybe the worst loss I’ve ever witnessed, and we’ve had some grim years since 1999. UGLY loss. I picked Orlando in the preseason to represent the East in the Finals, but I didn’t think they were twice the team we were. We were a JV team playing a varsity team tonight.

  • Quail

    if Yi is doin so good, y arent there more nets games on national TV so it will actually make sense y he is gettin so many votes?

  • JamTeq

    Says alot when the Chinese vote for Chinese players, the Ausies vote for Ausies but the Brits (and yes I am a Brit so don’t show me the rascism card) hell they vote for anyone but the Brits. My votes are going for Ridnour & Marbury…why the hell not.

  • Hold on…wait a minute!

    While I dont always agree with the All-Star voting…Iverson isn’t a PG, he’s a combo gaurd, so complaining about him starting over Harris or whoever else thats a PG (especially when AI’s been an All-Star for 9 or 10 strait years now) is irrelent. Iversons team has the better record then Harris and I personally like the fact that Iverson is showing that he can cut back on his game for the benefit of his team (even while struggling to do so), so I give him a nod for that. People can’t complain about a guy being a “ball hogg” or whatever, and then turn around and want to punish him for not scoring 30 pts a night. Comparing him being at the All-Star game to a player like YI is RE-GOD-DAMN-DICULOUS…and whoever does it should be banned from posting on SLAM. If any of those players dont like the amounts of votes they get (the ones that dont get voted in)…then they need to step their game up continuously EVERY season and get some more fans…its not Iversons fault he’s popular, even if he isn’t having one of his best seasons, he’s still “AI” and has earned his right to a free pass every now and then. The All-Star game is for the FANS anyways, they vote for who they want to see…they dont want to see someone that they dont know no matter what their statline is, it sucks to say that but hey…it is what it is. I dont see why people continue to cry over spilled milk, especially since this has been going on since the fans were able to vote. Anyways…as long as CHINA exist..YOA, YI and T-MAC (as long as he plays with YAO) will be automatic locks for years to come, get wit it :)

  • catalan

    yi? t-mac? iverson? vince? dalembert? jermaine o’neal? ron artest? bynum? oden?… lmao.

    9 ridiculous picks.

    East: Joe Johnson, Wade, Lebron, Garnett, Dwight.

    West: Paul, Bryant, Carmelo, Gasol, Duncan.

  • Jimmy G

    YI, T-Mac? Come on China step it up. It was bad enough having Francis in the line up, but a broke down T-Mac? That’s not right.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Russ- please don’t hate on all Australians….I voted for Dwight.
    New stuff on hibachi too!

  • AteneoCDO

    YI?? c’mon! we know that he’s not that good.
    what about T-Mac?? Chinese are cheaters. Ron Artest should praise them.

  • jason m

    Wtf where is steve nash?

  • Kristien

    Can someone please tell me why Nene’s name is not even on the ballot for Centers? I get that he’s not the most popular choice and would most likely not get voted as a starter. But he is the Nugget’s starting Center and he is having a really good year. Why not put his name on the ballot and see how many votes he gets?

  • Esquire415

    I don’t get it why Bruce Bowen is even in the ballot and not Kevin Durant. And where is Deron Williams? Who makes up these things????

    Dalembert getting the 2nd most votes at center?!! He’s the worst starting center in the East!

    Harris and Granger deserve a spot. They are bringing it for their teams.

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