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Dwight Howard doesn’t like center being taken off All-Star ballot

Nov 5, 2012, 9:29 PM EST

Dwight Howard All-Star AP

When you get around to doing your NBA All-Star voting this year, it will be a little different — you will vote for two guards and three frontcourt players per conference. The NBA wisely decided to get rid of the center position on the ballot because it simply didn’t fit with today’s game — do you define Chris Bosh and Kevin Garnett as centers? They are both playing the five for their teams.

Dwight Howard doesn’t like it.

Frankly, it shouldn’t effect him — hard to see him not being voted in as a West starter — but that doesn’t mean he has to like it, he told Mark Medina of the Daily News.

“I don’t like it at all,” Howard said. “We work just as hard as anybody else. I don’t think it’s fair to take away a position that’s been here for life. You need a center on the court. So I don’t think it’s right. That’s like taking away a guard….

“There are so many great guards and great forwards that they just overshadow what these centers can do,” Howard said. I think there are a lot of centers that can really play, but you got guys like LeBron (James) and Kevin Durant who are 6’8”, Kevin Durant is 6’11”, 6’10”, who shoot 3s. It just overshadows a lot of the bigs that can play.”

There will always be a place in the league for a dominant true centers. Dwight Howard would change the game in any generation. Andrew Bynum, Roy Hibbert, players of that ilk will always have value as game changes. And if they are good enough, they will always be All-Stars.

The size and athleticism of big men today changes everything about the game and strategies. We talk about the Heat going small with Bosh at center, but back at his combine he measured 6’10” in socks, better than 6’11” in shoes. He’s not a traditional center but he’s not small. Same with KG and others. The game is evolving, the All-Star ballot should as well.

Bottom line Dwight, I hear you. I feel your pain. But you are wrong.

  1. tubal22 - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Dwight.
    Shut.
    Up.
    PLEASE.

  2. mazblast - Nov 5, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Dwight, it makes no difference. You’ll be on the team whether you get the votes or not.

    Now try playing like an All-Star. That may get you some votes.

    • frank433 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      He’s a Laker, doesn’t their starting five get grandfathered into the game?

  3. phipfwe76 - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Nice to see where his priorities are.

  4. 13arod - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    what other poistion can he play

  5. mytthor - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    It should be points, wings, and bigs. Dwight’s right to an extent; It doesn’t make sense to compare true 5’s like Hibbert and Bynum and Howard to players like LeBron, Durant, Carmelo, etc. But it also doesn’t make sense to not call Duncan a center. Points, wings and bigs is how NBA teams REALLY build and play players; it’s how the ASG voting should work, too.

  6. eugenesaxe - Nov 5, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Whine some more, it really helps repair your shot-to-crap image.

  7. lakerluver - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    @mazblast
    Dude, what did I just tell you?! Read don’t post!! You’re not ready for this!! “Play like an All-Star”? Why don’t you check out D12’s stats, I’m sure you don’t have a clue of what they are. Allow me to educate you: 23 pts, 10 rebs 2.5 blks and over 60% on fg’s!! If that’s not All-Star numbers, what are??!!! And hes not even completely healthy yet! Take a week off from commenting, please.

  8. scalfor3 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    Dwight’s career resume would look far less impressive if he was played in the 90s. He has nowhere near the offensive game of Ewing, Shaq or Robinson, let alone the Dream.

  9. lakerluver - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    You guys kill me with your pointless criticisms. He doesn’t play in the 90’s. However, if he did it wouldn’t matter, talent is talent. Bill Russell was 6′ 10″ tall and 220 lbs, could he play in today’s NBA? I say he could.

  10. jjordannba - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    I really don’t get what people see in Roy Hibbert as a top center, this ballot is well warranted after Hibbert was the East’s back-up center last season. The guy plays soft and doesn’t always use his height to his advantage, just tonight the Pacers got spanked by the Spurs by 20 points, and without Danny Granger all Roy Hibbert could manage was 2 points and 5 rebounds.

    There are several true centers that have more value than him such as:Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol, Al Jefferson, Joakim Noah, and there is Demarcus Cousins who gets very little praise but could very well end up being the third best center by season’s end.

  11. camnellum12 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Dwight would be a game changer in ANY generation? Kurt, their were 3 eras of great NBA centers: the 60’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Let me break this down:

    60’s – Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Walt Bellamy, Nate Thurmond

    80’s – Moses Malone, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Parish, Akeem Olajuwon, Jack Sikma, Bill Laimbeer etc.

    90’s – Hakeem Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning etc.

    Maybe Dwight would stand out in the 60’s, but I doubt the 80’s or 90’s, if he played 20 years ago, he’d be David Robinson, but without the offense (that 71 bomb on the Clippers). Dwight is a great defensive big who runs the floor well, but c’mon, Kurt!

    • badintent - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:47 AM

      You Nailed it.Kudos. 70’s Reed,Lanier, Alcindor,Wilt, Unseld, Marvin “Bad News” Barnes( the only guy I ever saw block Dr. J )
      Kurt, go to New York and shovel some sand on the beach in The Rockaways, you shovel way too much crap here.

  12. camnellum12 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    *there were 3 eras

  13. loungefly74 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    “The game is evolving, the All-Star ballot should as well.”

    only out of neccessity. Dwight is right, the C position should be on there. just because there is a lack of big men in the league doesn’t mean its extinct. i blame part of it on injuries. Greg Oden, Yao (a few years back), etc…it just seems like the big guys get hurt. game has evolved because there are no ood big men coming in. this is a panic move by the league. just because miami won with a “small” line-up, it does not mean thats the way it is…

  14. kavika6 - Nov 5, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    I’m not surprised he’s pissed. Now he has to compete against many other great bigs, not just a handful of duds. But he plays for the Lakers so he’ll definitely be a starter.

  15. 1heatedtoombrayduh - Nov 6, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    I totally understand where the league is going. Its not that the Center position is a dying breed (although it is) its the fact that a lot of players are playing more than one position, so it would not be fair to limit them to just one spot. this actually helps the forward positional players who may get over looked. If you are a dominant center then you will get picked. Dwight need not worry. Also Dwight is by far the best center in the league but that isnt saying much, I feel like his numbers should be WAY better than what they are; Id like to see 30 and 15 from the guy, but that never seems to happen. Center is truly a dying breed, with all the teams mimicking the Euro style of play. If you look at College now adays, the centers can mostly hit the mid range and dont play a lot of time with their backs to the basket..IJS

  16. davidly - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    I don’t get the distinction you’re making between the players as they fill out their teams rosters and line up on the floor, and how an all-star should be defined. You yourself used the expression “playing the five”. Should not the ballot then consist of ones, twos, threes, fours, and fives?

    What I see happening here is that league recognition of individual positions is being diminished. So, someone like Bosh or Garnett might get a spot on the all-star team, but not as a true center, but a five?

    Why don’t we just pick the top five vote-getters, and if they happen to all be swing men, so be it?

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - Nov 6, 2012 at 4:12 PM

      Just what I want to see, a starting five of all ones (or threes). Why don’t we adjust the Pro Bowl to be 11 QB’s, the MLB All-Star game to be 9 pitchers (one in pads behind the plate), and hockey to be 6 centers (one playing as a golie optional)?

  17. skids003 - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    What a cry baby diva?!!! Go play in China or somewhere.

  18. paulhargis53 - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:41 AM

    Oh.My.God. Lakerslurper, you are actually going to use the talent is talent from any era argument?! The one you so vigorously defended against to me a couple months ago when you were erroneously trying to say Kobe was the goat?! Really?!

    When I told you West, Robinson etc. were better, you said that they were too weak and slow, now its talent is talent?!

    Pick a side of the fence dude, your balls have to be getting sore.

    You are the absolute LAST person that should be “educating” anyone about basketball! Every thing you say is tinged with laker bias. Hell, you didn’t know squat about Jerry West as a player until I told you!!

    You are the one that needs to take time off and quit posting,, don’t worry, once May/June gets here, you’ll be gone for good.
    To the poster he criticized, don’t pay attention to lakerluver/bozosforall here, he’s the resident knownothing. He’s actually the biggest joke on here. There are about 6 of us that detest him and ridicule him at every turn, yet he keeps coming back for more.

    You’re not too bright are you squishmitten?

    • skids003 - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:18 PM

      Paul, you made my day!!

  19. omniusprime - Nov 6, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Kurt Helin you’re an idiot if you think that getting rid of the center position on the All Star ballot is a good idea. The problem is there aren’t enough great talented big men who can play center. I support Dwight Howard in his argument against deleting the center position. The game nowadays sucks because of the lack of great big men. Too many sissy forwards like bosh who are too sissified to hang and bang in the middle. Go Howard!!! Go Lakers!!!

  20. mogogo1 - Nov 6, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    I won’t get into the question of his priorities, but Howard is right. As long as there is a position known as center, it should be on the All-Star ballot. For all the talk about the game changing, it’s funny how far over backwards every team will bend when they get a shot at that rare true center when they find one. The game isn’t changing because it’s better not to have a real center; it’s changing because AAU and high school coaches (most college coaches, too) let every big man play facing the hoop constantly and those kids end up in the NBA without ever having learned to play true center.

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