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Charles Barkley doesn’t think fans should be voting for All-Star starters

Jan 3, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

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Charles Barkley thinks you’re wrong.

Probably about a lot of things, but in this case he’s talking about your All-Star voting. Each and every one of you.

For years the NBA has had the fans vote in the starters for each conference at the All-Star Game — and Barkley thinks you have got it all wrong. As of the most recent released votes both Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard in the starting lineup. Sir Charles wants to know what are you thinking?

Here is his quote is via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, on Sulia:

“I don’t think the fans should ever vote is because they just vote for their favorite players,’’ Barkley told WMSF-FM. “I’m a big Kevin Garnett fan. But there’s no way in the world he should be starting the All-Star game right now. And the same way with Dwight Howard. Those fans who have penciled those two guys in (to) start… that’s a travesty to be honest. I like Dwight Howard but he ain’t played like no All-Star this year and Kevin Garnett (the same).’’

Fans do vote for their favorites. Which is fine because the All-Star Game is an exhibition put on for the fans. It’s not a real game. If fans want to see someone play, who cares?

I get what Barkley is saying in the sense there have been better players through the first third of the season than KG and Howard. Garnett has been a step slow this season and is slumping of late. Chris Bosh would get my vote to start ahead of him.

Dwight Howard is clearly not 100 percent following back surgery. Thing is, 80 percent of Howard gives the Lakers 17.3 points and 11.9 rebounds a game, it’s not like he’s a disaster of a choice. Yes you can make a case that Tim Duncan has been playing better and deserves it, but Duncan will happily take the weekend off. Howard is not a disaster of a pick, neither is Garnett.

Besides, it’s an exhibition, let the fans have who they want. Except for Jeremy Lin, stop voting for him. Please.

  1. lakerchuy - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Charles isn’t necessarily right OR wrong. we all get where he is going with this… If you measure a players success by “All Star Game” appearances, then by all means it should NOT be voted by fans. But, if the so called “All Star Game” is just a game in which the fans just get to see their favorite players run around the court and entertain the crowd, (which is EXACTLY what it really is) then it SHOULD be voted on by fans. It is just a game set up to sell merchandise and get TV ratings, so if Kwame Brown had a billion fans and sold a billion jerseys (yeah friggin right), the NBA would GLADLY hope the fans vote him into the “All Star Game”. Maybe the title “All Star” doesnt really represent the game all that well, but we cant be that surprised at how the players are selected. It is just marketing.

  2. caeser12 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    He’s right (can’t believe I said that), but he is, and its the sole reason why Rod Strickland never played in an All-Star game (I know, other than the fact that he was a Jailblazer).

    • florida727 - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      “Charles Barkley doesn’t think fans should be voting for All-Star starters”

      That headline should have ended right after the word “think”.

    • fanofevilempire - Jan 4, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      CB should not be thinking………………….

      I love CB he speaks the truth.

  3. fm31970 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Once again, Charles tells it like it is, and he’s 100% correct.

  4. redbearwoodall - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    What a hypocrite. He just said fans vote for who they want to see, not the best player, then tells them to stop voting for Jeremy Lin? If you want to see Jeremy Lin, vote for him! If you want to see Mario Chalmers, vote for him! Either that, or change your stance to be voting for the best players. You can’t have it both ways.

    • majorhavoc83 - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

      Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner! “redbear” is right. It’s a fan driven contest so they can watch the players they like. Personally, I voted for Lin, and I think that had he been able to stay with the Knicks, he would have had the benefit of being coached by Jason Kidd (which was the original plan). I think that had that happened, Lin would be progressing much faster. Instead, Felton has been the beneficiary of Kidd’s mentoring, and he’s been better for it!

  5. 00maltliquor - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Charles Barkley thinks a lot of things.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 4, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      Like how much he owes Vegas.

  6. amlowlife - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    I think fans should vote but it should be weighted, maybe only worth 30% of the total. The problem is, what to do with the other 70%? Coaches are concerned with who they play next so how much weight would you give them (we don’t want another college FB Coach’s Poll)? Players should have a say. Scouts, too. The media should, too, but they would probably favor the media centers as they do in other sports polls.

    Maybe some statistical baseline should be thrown in like PER. However, then we would see deserving guys like David Lee and most fans would go “who?”.

    A mixture of everything would be better than the current system.

  7. baymac408 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    Barkley is right.. All these in educated fans just pick all the old bastards that have been in the league for the past 10 all star games.. There’s so much new talent let go of the old names already… those players like Garnett Tim Duncan and all the other old timers that people can’t let go of, don’t deserve it at all.. It’s not fair to the dudes that are averaging better like David lee… Or Steph curry has been killin it.. But they don’t get votes because people won’t let go of the past.. It’s a damn shame

    • gepsep - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      I think it is a damn shame that NBA ”fans” like you have such little respect for the things that these old guys have done consistently. Why not let them play in this one All-Star game which may be their last?
      If those young guys you mentioned are so good then why dont they wait for next year and perform great consistnently(like those old timers did) to make an all star team?
      If the new talent is such a talent then wait and see if they perform next year also.

      • rtfinch - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        If they get in based on retirement thats one thing. But do you think Tim Duncan deserves to be in the 2013 all-star game over David Lee based on the 2012-2013 stats? I’m not taking anything away from Tim’s career, but David Lee has earned it. Same with Garnett getting in over Noah and Varejao.

    • tomasekradek - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      Tim Duncan doesn’t deserve it? really? I’m not one of his fans and to be honest I hate Spurs organization, but his stats per 36 are like in his prime years (which were pretty good last time I checked). what more do u want from 36yrs old? although i get he’s not, let say interesting, for this kind of game…

      by the way Charles. everyone knows howard is not playing like an allstar, but his numbers are still allstar (also those like efficiency) so who do u want to start huh?

  8. anythingbutyanks - Jan 3, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    While it is obviously not as important as other achievements and recognitions, I do often see the number of all-star games listed for HOF candidates as if this were a legitimate benchmark for career success. Either make the whole thing consequential, or make the whole thing entirely inconsequential.

  9. misterchainbluelightning - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Is Jrue still 10th in East Guards?
    Nuff Said

    The NFL is the only league to get it right
    Fans count for 33%
    Players 33%
    Coaches and GM’s 33%

  10. paulhargis53 - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    blue lightning: No, the NFL doesn’t get it right.Players are voted on reputation even moreso there. Clay Mathews starting after missing 1/2 a season is 1 example.
    3-4 linebackers get more love because of gaudy stats. I could go on and on about deserving players being passed over.

    All of the all star games are popularity contests. Muck like Kobe being on all defense teams when he hasn’t been elite at it for sever years.

  11. ejmat2 - Jan 3, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    I guess Barkley forgets the All-Star game is mainly for the fans. It’s true players get voted for due to popularity but since it’s supposed to be all about the fans watching who they want to see, then Charles should just shut his mouth as usual and continue his ride into his championship-less world.

  12. 32magicman - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Lucky the fans dont vote for all star coaches. It would be Avery vs Phil! Embarrassing!

  13. dko83 - Jan 3, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    You Charles haters don’t get it. He’s right 99% of the time, is very intelligent (contrary to how he sounds), and tells it like it is.

  14. ghelton03 - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    I like Barkley but am really tired of him rant about fans voting every year. The media and coaches get to select a team and they have made some real bone-headed slections of their own. If he is concerned about his vote being the second team, then let media and coaches vote first team and fans second team. I would prefer that anyway. Maybe fans should just stop watching the all star game and let Barkley and his like-minded biggots watch it by themselves.

  15. baymac408 - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Gesep don’t tell me bout respect your probably old can’t hack it and couldn’t when you were young either… All star games should be exciting not just a trophy game for older more celebratized players.. Yes I made that word up.. Point is let the players that deserve to be there play.. The exciting playmakers and stat earners.. And YES TIM DUNCAN IS SOOO BORING LET DAVID LEE IN!!!!!

  16. texxxasmade - Jan 7, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Barkley be fat.

  17. 1historian - Jan 10, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Charles gets paid good money for being Charles – shooting his mouth off and causing controversy. The more controversy he causes – as in this non-issue – the better he looks.

    There’s nothing here, folks, just move on

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