Sorry about the long title, but seriously, this is an absolute joke.
As of Sunday, Tracy McGrady and Allen Iverson had the most fan votes at their respective positions, which would make them starters in next month’s NBA All-Star Game.
This would be fine, if it was 2001.
You see, Tracy McGrady hasn’t played one second this year for the Rockets, yet his adoring fans believe he still deserves the spot.
Allen Iverson started the season with the Memphis Grizzlies, complained his way out of there, then was signed with the Philadelphia 76ers as a publicity stunt.
He is averaging a robust 33.4 mpg, 15.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, and 4.8 apg. That is more than 11 ppg under his career average.
Why the hell do people vote for them? Other than friends and family, who thinks they should play?
Ray Allen got it right: tone down the fans’ role in fan voting.
"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"
If they in fact win these spots, they should turn them down. I doubt that will happen, but there’s a pretty good chance they receive All-Star bonuses, and probably have incentives in their contracts rewarding them for All-Star berths.
I can’t think of anything witty and sarcastic to say about this, because it’s just plain old stupid.
What do you guys think?
(ED NOTE: MR. SCHUSTER HAS CORRECTED ME, TMAC HAS PLAYED IN 6 GAMES .. AVERAGING 3.2 PTS AND .8 RPG)