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So who gets Rajon Rondo’s All-Star slot?

Jan 28, 2013, 8:29 AM EDT

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Don’t we all just love it when David Stern and the league office get to put their fingerprints all over the All-Star Game?

But with Rajon Rondo now out with a torn ACL in his right knee, it falls to Stern to make changes to the East roster for the Feb. 17 game in Houston.

Fans voted Rondo in as a starter and that spot on the floor for the opening tip is going to go to one of the reserves already chosen for the East. If you want to stick with a point guard, Jrue Holiday or Kyrie Irving should get the spot.

I’d go with Irving — he is the more talented, more dynamic player (and this is an exhibition, after all). While Irving missed a large portion of he first half of the season he has played in only five fewer games than Holiday. Irving scores a little more and is more entertaining, and at the end of the day the All-Star game is about entertainment.

While Stern should slide a guard into the starting spot for Rondo, he is under no obligation to put a guard on the East All-Star roster to fill the empty slot. If he wans another point guard Brandon Jennings is out there and deserving, he has played well for the Bucks.

If Stern wants to keep another Celtic on the roster, Paul Pierce was maybe the most glaring snub in the East — 18.7 points a game, highest on the Boston team.

Or he could go with another big man — Brook Lopez. Just my gut feel, this is the direction Stern goes, because he thinks marketing first and Lopez represents a new market in Brooklyn. Plus Lopez has earned it — 18.6 points and 7.3 rebounds a game, and he is the catalyst for the Nets. When he plays, they are a dangerous team, their losing streak not so coincidentally came with him injured for much of it (but Avery Johnson got to pay the price).

But no matter what, David Stern gets to make choices about who plays in the All-Star Game. Isn’t that swell?

  1. goraidersgospurs - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    Just throw Curry on the East Side!!!

  2. biasedhomer - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Kurt thinks Jennings and his 18.6 ppg on 16.5 shots is deserving…

  3. andyhr17 - Jan 28, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    They shouldn’t worry about position, they should worry about who the biggest snub was and that was Lopez. Lopez should have made it instead of Bosh anyway.

    • him247 - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      True about bosh but lopez is the worst rebounding center in the league, thats like a point gard not being able to get asisst…

      • Kevin S. - Jan 28, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Except he’s really not. He’s roughly 20th in rebounding rate among starting centers, which obviously isn’t spectacular, but it’s good enough when you’re the best offensive center in the league.

  4. abchome - Jan 28, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Rondo’s teammate, Paul Pierce.

  5. mazblast - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Stern decides all the spots. What makes you think the vote counts released are the real deal?

    What’s next? People are going to believe the voting on “American Idol” or “Dancing With the Stars” is accurate?

  6. chichi78 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    The Celts have a losing record yet some of you think they deserve three all stars? Smh. I would put in Jennings or Lopez. You can play Bron at PG if you need to.

    • andyhr17 - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:09 PM

      I dont think team record should decide All-Stars. This is individual attention, not voting people based on team record.

      That being said, Paul Pierce is not playing like an All-Star this season.

  7. sportsnut101 - Jan 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Replace him with a fan let the fan sit on end of bench

  8. wwttww - Jan 28, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Horford or Smooov

  9. dadawg77 - Jan 28, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    If its marketing/ratings we are after and he is healthy, why not have Rose make his season debut at the ASG?

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 28, 2013 at 6:36 PM

      If it’s only about marketing/ratings, Rose would be a good choice.

      However, while I’m a fan of Rose, it’d be an insult to the guys who have played 40+ games to give the spot to a guy who hasn’t played a single game.

  10. kavika6 - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    “18.7 points a game, highest on the Boston team”

    Does every high scorer on a sub-.500 team deserve an all-star spot?

    “Stern decides all the spots.”

    Let’s see if he can stop his nemisis Gregg Popovich from coaching the west.

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