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PBT Extra: Kobe, Wade are All-Stars? Plus when does Asik get dealt?

Dec 16, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

To answer your first question: I am fighting off a cold, that’s why I sound like that. Raspy voices are in, I hear.

As for the topics…

If you’re a basketball purist who thinks the All-Star Game should be filled with the players who performed the best the first half of the season… well life has to suck a little for you. That’s just not the way the star system of the NBA works.

Fans have voted in Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade as starters, even though if you took the best players so far Stephen Curry would start over Kobe. In the latest edition of PBT Extra Kay Adams asks who should have had those spots, but in the end Kobe and Wade “deserve” to be there because that’s who the fans want to see. That’s who got the votes. Welcome to democracy, you don’t always get the best candidates winning the election.

Kay and I also discuss Rajon Rondo trade rumors out of Boston, then whether Omer Asik in Houston or Pau Gasol in Los Angeles gets traded first.

  1. antistratfordian - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    Why wouldn’t Wade be an All-Star? He is the top SG in the East. He is the only SG in the East with a PER over 20.0. He is the only guard in the East with a PER over 21.0. He’s putting up a career high FG%. He’s putting up a career high in steals per game. Why is his All-Star status being questioned along with Kobe, who has barely played and has put up a 12.5 PER in the games he has played?

    • pputnam100 - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:58 PM

      yeah, exactly, Wade is still doing it, for real. It’s been a shame ever since this turned into a popularity contest voted on by people who don’t know or really respect the game, how could anyone that did vote for KObe this year? How unfair to worthy players

      • money2long - Dec 16, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        it’s the faith people have in kobe. he is an exception. kobe will undoubtedly show he is worthy of being a starter. he is still a top 3 player in the world. and bet your bottom dollar he will get it going in time for February.

    • lifegoesonmyfriend - Dec 16, 2013 at 7:58 PM

      How about afflalo? He was consistent with the losing Orlando.

  2. MLBlogsbig3bosox - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I really don’t care who starts or plays in the All-Star Game.. As Helin says, it’s a showcase of who the fans want to see, not who performed the best. But I do have a problem with it if we’re still going to pretend that it means something when classiffying players. Make the All-NBA teams mean more than All-Star selections or simply end this fan voting process we’re accostumed to.

  3. pputnam100 - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    This crap really makes a mockery of the phrase “All Star Team” – they should go back to having only people who are really knowledgeable vote, like coaches, fellow players, etc. Even the media doesn’t know that much, and play blatant favoritism. KOBE, an all-star this year!! Good lord, and how unfair to some young player who’s really proved himself to lose out to this older player who hasn’t even played and is simply voted in automatically by his legions of sycophants. It’s kinda shameful actually

  4. dinofrank60 - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    It’s a show; the NBA has gotten more showlike throughout the years. So, the NBA wants their showmen to showcase the game, especially to those people around who still haven’t gotten the fever.

    Besides, if you did make the selections a bit more “objective”. you’d really see a firestorm of complaints. This controversy would pale in comparison.

  5. pistolpete0903 - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:04 AM

    Wouldn’t care about the All Star game from a basketball POV; we all know it is pretty much entertainment (almost zilch defense).
    Unfortunately, the HoF voting is influenced by the # of All star appearances; that’s what gets my goat!!

  6. davidly - Dec 17, 2013 at 7:45 AM

    I understand the Kobe thing but cannot see why anyone would question Wade’s deserving to start for the East. No other SG comes close. I mean, I would love to see Stephenson, I know it’d only be as a backup.

  7. lunasceiling - Dec 17, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    The All-Star Game is pretty much “NBA meets WWE,” anyway. It doesn’t really matter if it features the actual best wrestlers…er…players. Coming soon: folding chairs to the head and an instantly recognizable star dashing out of the crowd in street clothes and jumping into the game. =P

  8. redbaronx - Dec 17, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Well, lets be thankful Yao Ming can’t play anymore, because China would have voted him in!

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