For those of you who are remotely interested in how the All Star voting itself is going here is the latest. From a Warrior point of view it couldn't be more laughable but really the sad measure is by letting the fans vote the NBA has created a ludricous situation of allowing an awful Center and a average SG make it on the ballot ahead of better players. Hopefully the NBA can learn from this because the NFL has made the exact same mistake.
Forwards Carmelo Anthony (Den) 482,127; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 443,117; Tim Duncan (SA) 423,608; Carlos Boozer (Utah) 175,248; Shawn Marion (Pho) 154,641; Josh Howard (Dal) 146,909; Kevin Durant (Sea) 113,314; Luis Scola (Hou) 101,981; Shane Battier (Hou) 95,757; Grant Hill (Pho) 83,544.
Guards: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 569,302; Tracy McGrady (Hou) 388,959; Steve Nash (Pho) 317,091; Allen Iverson (Den) 292,565; Manu Ginobili (SA) 141,891; Jason Terry (Dal) 121,397; Tony Parker (SA) 117,881; Chris Paul (NO) 110,688; Jerry Stackhouse (Dal) 103,307; Baron Davis (GS) 100,422.
Centers: Yao Ming (Hou) 439,125; Amaré Stoudemire (Pho) 286,401; Erick Dampier (Dal) 101,878; Marcus Camby (Den) 94,473; Pau Gasol (Mem) 73,461; Mehmet Okur (Utah) 51,017; Chris Kaman (LAC) 40,256; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 35,601; Tyson Chandler (NO) 32,595; Andris Biedrins (GS) 29,026.
The Golden State Warriors invariably didn't fare so well which is puzzling. The most exciting team in the League a team that is trying at heart to reshape the image of boring defensive Basketball has fared dead last in both the guards and Center category.And yet I couldn't care less. Even with the exciting hang tight Basketball that Nelson brings having a Warrior at the All Star Game means just the inevitable hype that surronds the event. After this exhibition game Golden State faces Utah. I know rather then play in a silly event I would rather have Baron Davis study film on what exactly are Deron Williams best moves or Biedrins and how to defend Boozer. Clearly people in Dallas don't agree as the voting for Erick Dampier or jerry Stackhouse indicates. Clearly the competive nature in Dallas is different to the Bay Area but I know for sure most Warrior fans would preserve the memories of game 6 against Dallas and Jackson hitting from everywhere rather then seeing our first All Star Game representative since Latwrell Sprewell. It's just the different nature of the bay area and it's something I've come to respect.
I mean lets get something straight. The All Star Game itself is manufactured hype where fans just come for the 360 Dunks and Kobe's of the world. It's an event that is a 153-113 game a scorefest not that I'm complaining being a Golden State fan you get used to these. It's also a game that when you think about it has generated very little excitment the 1992 All Star game the exception. These reasons combined with the meaningless events that perclude the event before hand the slam dunk contest 3 point shooting etc make me glad the rest of America and overseas viewers do not see the beauty of the Golden State Warriors