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LaMarcus Aldridge thinks he should have been an All-Star starter

Jan 24, 2014, 2:53 PM EDT

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If the NBA coaches and players were voting for who got to be an All-Star Game starter, LaMarcus Aldridge would be a lock in the West.

But the fans wanted to see other guys (Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love is your West starting frontcourt) so Aldridge will again be selected by the coaches (he’s been an All-Star the last two years).

He’s used to it, but told Ben Golliver of Blazers Edge he thinks he should have been a starter.

“I’ve kind of gotten used to those things happening,” Aldridge told Blazersedge afterwards, when asked about missing out on a starting spot. “Everybody around me was more upset than me. I came in tonight and [Nicolas Batum] was pretty fired up about it. My mom was pretty heated about it. Me, I was like, ‘OK, this is happening again….

“I think I definitely should have been a starter,” Aldridge told Blazersedge. “But it’s over with now, basically.”

More than basically (barring injury to a starter). Even in the unlikely event Kobe Bryant is let out of his obligations as he hopes, he would most likely be replaced as a starter by a guard (most likely James Harden), although a year ago Erik Spoelstra replaced Rajon Rondo with Chris Bosh. And it’s possible Portland’s Terry Stotts is the Western Conference coach (he or Scott Brooks will get the honors).

Is it fair Aldridge wasn’t a starter? Life’s not fair. But more and more people are coming around to the fact that Aldridge is the best (or at least arguably the best) power forward in the game. Aldridge took out his frustrations by dropping 44 points on the Nuggets Thursday night.

If Portland can make a playoff run this season, get to the second round at least if not farther, his star will shine bright on a bigger stage. That’s the first step. Not many people are seeing the Trail Blazers play (which is too bad, they are one of the league’s most entertaining teams) but that will change come the playoffs. Then again with the national television schedule for next season.

Maybe then he gets more fan votes. Maybe. But he seems okay with all this.

  1. andrejohnsonforpresident - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    People voting for any all star game in any sport is dumb. Do you know what people like more than voting? Arguing! Let some random cast of sports people decide who gets to go to the allstar game based on their knowledge of the sport. Then let the masses argue it. Boom. Done

  2. phillyfan11 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    He should be a starter. He is a much better overall player than Griffin, but fans want to see the flashy dunks, not necessarily the best player.

  3. spthegr8 - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    I’d take him over Blake or Kevin in a heartbeat!! Wouldn’t have to think twice about it!!

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 24, 2014 at 9:38 PM

      not kevin, definitely fake girffin

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Jan 24, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    As a Blazers fan, I wish he’d get overlooked every day and keep dropping 44 points in the games that matter. Plus it’s more of an honor to be named to the team by someone who actually understands the game, than voted in by moron fans.

    • spthegr8 - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      @eugene
      Good point!!

  5. kavika6 - Jan 26, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    Crybaby.

  6. wowwowbad - Jan 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    The only problem of this stuff is that all-star starters are voted by fans, that’s why guys like Kobe who is a starter despite very limited games he played this year. Portland is a very small city/business in the NBA and even LA is playing the best basketball at PF and his team is Top 3 in the West and he still miss the cut. However, Kevin Love starting over LA is just laughable. Though have similar stats, Love is not defending any good and his team is a mess. LA is putting up nice stats as well as leading this team to their success so far. No disrespect to Lillard, Batum, Matthews, but LA is definitely playing at MVP level, and I’ll not be surprised those “experts” will not contain him in this year’s MVP talks until he gets his trophy.

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