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LeBron wants to see All-Star rosters expanded to 15

Jan 25, 2013, 1:39 PM EDT

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Last night the reserves for the NBA All-Star game were announced — first the fans vote in the starting five, then the coaches pick the seven reserves.

Then it didn’t take long before we were talking about who got snubbedStephen Curry, Paul Pierce and a host of others who were on the bubble and didn’t make the cut. Curry, in particular, seemed to get people riled up, he has been the key to the Warriors resurgence averaging 20.9 points and dishing out 6.6 assists per game.

So how about expanding the All-Star game roster? LeBron James is down with that.

People are still going to say they got snubbed. You put 15 guys on the roster and we will argue about who was No. 16. Guaranteed. I see your picks and I wonder how you could leave Serge Ibaka out of the West? Look at the NCAA Tournament, 68 teams get in and we argue about who was 69, who got snubbed and left out. It’s sports, we will always argue about it.

Also, this is going to mean a lot less minutes for guys in the game, and it’s an exhibition — we are watching to see these guys play. It’s not all about just making the team. At what point are we starting to dilute the product.

Good on LeBron for putting this out there — and good on him for picking guys perceived as rivals. It’s actually a good list.

But LeBron isn’t the only one talking about it. There is starting to be a buzz and you can bet the issue will come up again.

  1. alildusty - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    They should flip the script on the all start selections

    Coaches AND Players choose starters (can”t pick players from your own team). Can make it a requirement to vote with some sort of minimum minutes played or whatever.

    Then let fans vote the bench in for whoever else they want to see during the weekend.

    • lucaslatronico - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      i think its a bad idea, in this case Lin would be an all-star!

  2. bougin89 - Jan 25, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    “At what point are we starting to dilute the product.”

    The All-Star game couldn’t be more diluted than it already is. I never watch the All Star games because they are just pathetic.

    • nbascreed - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      6th Grade Science and logic-FAIL

      1. It COULD in fact actually be more diluted. As a matter of fact 100% dilution would only occur when every eligible person made the team.

      2. Your second sentence about not watching the game is presented as a corrollary but couldn’t be farther from one and I would BET $1,000 that everyone posting on this board will watch some part of the All-Star game. There are very few fans of the NBA who don’t, no matter how much they rail…give it a rest.

      ktgotgame.com

      • bougin89 - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:55 PM

        “6th Grade Science and logic-FAIL

        1. It COULD in fact actually be more diluted. As a matter of fact 100% dilution would only occur when every eligible person made the team.”

        Oh no, you got me!…

        …so you like non-competitive games where everyone gets a free pass to the hoop to dunk?

        I do not turn the all star game on. At all. I guess I factually lied because if their is a highlight of the all star game on Sportscenter I don’t change the channel.

        I’ll take your $1,000 bet though. This year I will change the channel if I see an All Star game highlight come on Sportscenter.

  3. sportsnut101 - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    How bout u just give up ur spot and jsmooth can make it

    I hope u stick to basketball lebron. Jennings has not played well to deserve a spot so pls. N gasol oh stop it pls.

    The east shouldn’t even have Noah on there. Ibaka has played better then gasol.

    Steph curry was the biggest snub Aldridge don’t deserve to make it. He don’t play def n having worse season in yrs

  4. bballhistorian - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    The real issue is with the starters.

    There should be a rule where players that are voted in as starters, can only start if their respective teams are over .500. Then the players that get the the most amount of votes under their “category” should start. But, that player will still be eligible to be voted in as a reserve like everyone else.

    So for instance, Dwight Howard wouldn’t get in as an all-star starter, because his Lakers are under .500, so the player with the next-highest votes on the “front-court category”, hopefully someone like DeAndre Jordan or Marc Gasol, would get in as a starter.

    It doesn’t make sense that players like D Howard and Kobe should be starters this year (their team has under-achieved this year). Kobe would still be voted in as a All-Star by the coaches (more likely), but it would give another player a chance to take Dwight’s position that deserves the spot more. (and no, im not a laker-hater).

  5. bballhistorian - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    The real issue is with the starters.

    There should be a rule where players that are voted in as starters, can only start if their respective teams are over .500. Then the players that get the the next-most amount of votes under their “category” should start. But, that player will still be eligible to be voted in as a reserve like everyone else.

    So for instance, Dwight Howard wouldn’t get in as an all-star starter, because his Lakers are under .500, so the player with the next-highest votes on the “front-court category”, hopefully someone like DeAndre Jordan or Marc Gasol, would get in as a starter.

    It doesn’t make sense that players like D Howard and Kobe should be starters this year (their team has under-achieved this year). Kobe would still be voted in as a All-Star by the coaches (more likely), but it would give another player a chance to take Dwight’s position that deserves the spot more. (and no, im not a laker-hater).

  6. shen90 - Jan 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    No one in West got snubbed and hard for me to really say East did either.Fans need STFU. If even half the fans who attend a game voted at half the games before starters named you could elect your entire starting 5 easy. U fail to vote your guy in you lose the right to complain. Elect people like Howard who has done nothing this year to earn it, and every year have cases like that, then you lose the right to complain.

  7. cantonbound13 - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    He also wants to choose who he can play with & have a decision show. That way when he wins he can say he carried the team to victory, even though he doesn’t take or make clutch shots.

    • jt1138 - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Just give it up, cantonbound13, nobody cares what you say anymore.

      • cantonbound13 - Jan 26, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        You responded, sensitive Heat fan. I seem to get a lot of responses & supporters whenever I comment.

  8. money2long - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    it’s crazy how mind blowing josh smith’s stat sheet can look , and seeing as how he has been on a “winning” team for some time and how his game is tailored made for exhibition play, that he hasn’t made an all star team up until this point. just crazy. in a way, it’s kind of related in craziness to how good kobe has been, and how he is probably the greatest player of the generation, and has only been awarded one mvp. anyway, when will j smoove get his all star shot coaches ?? take deng off, put josh smith in. that’s how it should have been if you ask me who should be left off for him.

    in west, take off aldridge, put in curry.

  9. eflem80 - Jan 25, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    The problem is the starters being voted in by fans. Flip it….let coaches vote in the starters & fans fill out the bench.

  10. gmsingh - Jan 25, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    I say go for it: I don’t watch now and I won’t watch if they add more dudes.

  11. tmatic74 - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    30 All stars:(

  12. thundersandpackers - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    might as well let everyone become an all-star.

  13. baymac408 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Steph Curry definitely got snubbed… He deserves to be an All star it’s a shame that most voters are into big light names and not actually watching the game for what it’s worth..

  14. dko83 - Jan 26, 2013 at 5:31 AM

    Never thought I’d agree with Lebron but if it prevents a snub of epic proportions like Curry I’m all for it. They don’t even need to play.. let them enjoy the attention and the weekend.

  15. allen227 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Who the f… Is he and when did he start making the rules. He and Wade need to ride off in the sunset together.

  16. thenmoveback - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    He is the best player in the NBA, and he didnt make the rules he just had a suggestion because he wants to show respect for players HE thought were all star caliber. Him and wade will be riding into the sunset… With several more championships and laughing at ppl like you.

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