I am sorry, but the truth has to come out. Jordan was not the only rookie in the NBA All-Star Game but I do agree with the rest of your article. He is a beast and he should be showcased for the rest of the world to understand how exciting a player is. He is on the Clippers, what Vince Carter was for the Raptors when he started (If I may say so without getting crucified for mentioning the evil one’s name). He is that big star that every team looks for him and for that he should be starting.
On another note, The 4 muskets and Timmmmmeyy (south park voice) are not stars of this league anymore, they’ve been there before many times, let some players come in, who can actually dunk in the game, none of this bank-shot garbage please.
YEAR PLAYERS TEAM STARTER 1951 Bob Cousy Boston Celtics Yes 1954 Ray Felix Baltimore Bullets Yes 1957 Tom Heinsohn Boston Celtics Yes 1960 Wilt Chamberlain Philadelphia Warriors Yes 1961 Oscar Robertson Cincinnati Royals Yes 1962 Walt Bellamy Chicago Packers Yes 1964 Jerry Lucas Cincinnati Royals Yes 1965 Luke Jackson Philadelphia 76ers Yes 1966 Rick Barry San Francisco Warriors Yes 1969 Elvin Hayes San Diego Rockets Yes 1980 Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers Yes 1982 Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons Yes 1985 Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Yes 1993 Shaquille O’Neal Orlando Magic Yes 1995 Grant Hill Detroit Pistons Yes 2003 Yao Ming Houston Rockets Yes
Much like taxes and death, theres no doubt each year people will complain about certain allstar snubs and the lucky few that were selected. Maybe more so than in years past, this years snub list could have made one hell of an allstar team:
- Tony Parker
- Carmelo Anothny
- Zach Randolph
- Monta Ellis
- LaMarcus Aldridge
- Kevin Love (Now added to the allstar team as Yao Ming’s replacement. Fan voting….)
- Danny Granger
- Josh Smith
- Eric Gordon
- Carlos Boozer
Obviously not everyone is going to make the team every year and I can guarantee everyone on that snub list will make an allstar game or two in their career, but its when you look at the selection of Blake Griffin, Tim Duncan and the Big 4, eyebrows will get raised.
Duncan is having his worst season ever plain and simple. Some of it is not his fault, fewer plays run through him and he’s getting less minutes, but hes also lost a step. On the flipside, the Spurs have the best record in basketball and hes a big part of that.
Boston used to all about the big 3, but now a big 4 is cemented with Rondo’s emergence as an allstar. And he deserves it more so than any of the others in my estimation. While Allen, Pierce and Garnett have all played well this season, again all three are hovering around career lows.
Winning is a team principle. One player cannot win without his teammates or coaches, so why is it a focus of an allstar game where elite player talents are showcased? The West have guys like Aldridge and Randolph who on a nightly basis carry their respective teams, but yet we treated to a bunch of winners whose talents are on the decline. Lucky us.
And then theres Blake Griffin.
The NBA’s most prized possession. A human highlight reel if I ever saw one (no disrespect to ‘Nique) and an all around great player. But he’s a rookie says Andre Miller.
Miller took it upon himself to protect his buddy Aldridge by taking a few jabs at Blake, saying rookies get too much respect and “he ain’t make nobody better.” Miller has a point. Usually quality rooks get a small taste of the allstar life via the Rookie vs Sophomore game. Lebron,Wade, Carmelo, Evans never made the allstar team their rookie year. In fact, I don’t remember anyone other than Jordan making it in their rookie year, and if you remember, Jordan got a really hard time from the vets in that game to the point where some players decided not to pass him the ball.
Griffin is in the same boat. He’s a nightmare for opposing coaches who generally don’t have either a PF physical or quick enough to handle him on the block or on the glass, and if you run double teams at him he’s a surprisingly good passer. Yes his team sucks, but this is the Clippers we’re talking about. He’s a once or twice in a generation player who can ooo and aaahhh a crowd and has the skills to match.
Coaches take a bow for getting this pick right.
And then there’s fan voting and the ballots. Don’t get me started….Ok maybe just alittle….
For starters, the NBA can stop hiring drunks off the street to write the ballots. Nazr Mohammed, Linas Kleiza, Marvin Williams…….
Yao Ming leading all East Centers in votes…….