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Were Brooklyn Nets All-Stars Blackballed by NBA Coaches?

Mike Cardano Senior Fantasy Analyst January 25, 2013 9:22AM EST

What? You can't be serious! I'm not in?

With the NBA announcing the East and West rosters for the 2013 All-Star game yesterday, the internet was buzzing with complaints about All-Star snubs. While it would certainly seem that there were some obvious snubs, doesn’t that happen every season? I’m shocked by how much we collectively argue and over who does and doesn’t get to play in an unwatchable game that no one cares about. It’s an exhibition!

The NBA All-Star Game is very much like watching a Harlem Globetrotters game with wealthy players where the Washington Generals are replaced by another roster of Globetrotters. Actually, the Globetrotters vs. Generals games are more interesting because the Generals give you the perception that they are trying to play defense. For those of you that take this stuff seriously enough to actually complain about it, of all the snubs it would seem that an informal poll based on the twitter flow would suggest that Brooklyn Net Brook Lopez may have gotten the biggest shaft. I hope no one lost any sleep over it, though.

The Nets, who are 10-games over .500, were the only team with an over .600 winning percentage without an All-Star. With the coaches picking the reserves, I can’t help but wonder if there was some sort of Avery Johnson support no-vote going on here. The Nets, who started off 11-4, dropped to 14-14, causing Johnson to be relieved of his duties before they turned on the proverbial switch, going 12-2 under P. J. Carlesimo. It’s almost as if the NBA coaches are suggesting the Nets players banded together to get Avery fired on purpose! With Lopez, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson on the roster and no All-Stars, maybe there’s something to this theory…

Random Musings

The Mavericks’ 13-season streak with an All-Star representative came to an end. It was the third longest active streak in the NBA behind the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs.

In 2010, David Lee was the Knicks first All-Star since Latrell Sprewell and Allan Houston in 2001. This time Lee is the Golden State Warriors’ first All-Star since Sprewell in 1997.


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