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Rockets GM takes to Twitter to complain about All-Star voting process

Jan 24, 2014, 12:05 AM EDT

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It’s a virtual certainty that the Rockets are going to get two players on the All-Star team this year in Dwight Howard and James Harden. But that apparently isn’t good enough for Rockets GM Daryl Morey.

The All-Star starters were revealed on Thursday, and in a bit of a surprise, Howard was overtaken by Kevin Love in fan votes, which means that Love will be a starter and Howard will need to be selected as a reserve by Western Conference coaches.

This is not a reflection of Howard’s play this season, which has obviously been at a level deserving of an All-Star spot. It’s more a matter of the elimination of the center position on the ballot that cost Howard his starting spot, and Morey took to Twitter to publicly rip the process.

It’s an extremely silly thing to whine about, because it’s not like the voting process is going to prevent Harden and Howard from making the team altogether. The league has it set up so the fans vote in who they want to see play as starters, and in previous years that meant centers were on the floor for tip-off over players who were far more deserving.

Howard is a force on both ends of the floor, as is Roy Hibbert of the Pacers in the Eastern Conference who will also be a reserve in the midseason exhibition. But All-Star games are typically high-speed affairs that often feature the game’s more dynamic open court players, and the league did the right thing in changing the process to make all frontcourt players eligible, without requiring a true center to be present in the game’s starting lineup.

  1. Filipe Furtado - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    I’d take that less as Morey whining than as an attempt to show future FAs that he have his players backs. If one takes the context – and that it would be inevitable that we wouldget pieces about what the snub said about Howard’s image – this makes some sense, even if it is still very silly.

    • turnerb61 - Jan 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      Roys numbers r not all star caliber. 12 7 pitiful . Benefit of being on good defesive team.he made team off of last year’s play offs!!!

  2. timb12 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Sounds like a bigger diss to Iowa girls basketball. THOSE GIRLS PLAY HARD!

  3. tardyman - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    I guess whining is contagious

    • money2long - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      i get it

  4. 00maltliquor - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Stop with this Hibbert a force on both ends nonsense. He averages 12.1 ppg and he struggles on some nights to even crack double digits. If he’s a force on the offensive end then so is Spencer Hawes and a host of others.

    • kb2408 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      In today’s NBA, Roy “is” a force on both ends of the court. How many centers are better than he is on both ends of the court?

    • bkbell3 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      thank you 00, i was scrolling down to say the same thing. 12pts. and 7 rebounds is not dominate and if teams go at his body or put him in the pick and roll he will get in foul trouble, all this for what 60mil. smh

      • bougin89 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

        I really feel the need to point out how wrong this is:

        “if teams go at his body”

        Assuming you mean when he is on the defensive end, that’s exactly what the Pacers want teams to do. He’s excellent at protecting the rim and going straight up while doing so.

      • kb2408 - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        Last time I checked Ewing, Hakeem, Shaquille, the Admiral or even a Brad Daugherty was on an NBA roster. I repeat, in ” today’s” NBA, Roy is a force at center. The center that most people say is the best in the league only averages 18 points. Roy is the 3rd or 4th option on his team, I bet he could get very close to 18 points a night on a lesser team.

      • bkbell3 - Jan 24, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        Howard is the 3rd or 4th option on Huston and is always in the top 2 or 3 in rebounding and again 12 and 7 is not dominating. Indy needs more offense and a pg, but Hilbert is slow and lumbering in the post and is not capable of putting up 18 to 20 per game and he is also foul prone and ends up on the bench for long periods of time. He is a nice player but Howard and both gasols are better more skilled players and Al Jefferson is better than him. His main asset is being seven feet two inches. Maybe he will develop some offensive skills in time but he will never be a two or three option on any team.

    • bougin89 - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:50 PM

      Yeah, calling Hibbert a ‘force’ offensively is a bit much. He’s more in the above average category.

      He has the footwork to be a force, unfortunately his feet don’t move fast enough and he doesn’t have enough lower body strength to really be a dominate offensive player in the NBA.

      • dinofrank60 - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM

        You’re being too technical. You’re only allowed to be technical when you’re discussing statistics. A lot of people think that footwork only counts in dancing.

        On second thought, seeing how some people dance…

  5. boli34 - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:09 AM

    Says the guy who has Jeremy lin on his team and getting more votes than a lot of players let alone all star caliber players

  6. asimonetti88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    definition of u mad bro

  7. jgray30 - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    That’s just because K Love is better than Dwight….

    • aboogy123456 - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Do people really think this? you can argue that Love is having a better year but he doesn’t have even close to the same impact as dwight does. Dwight makes his teammates better and is an amazing defensive presence. K love is a really talented player but he doesn’t play defense or do much to make his teammates better.

      • homegrowntalentmn - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:18 PM

        Haaa do you actually believe that. How does Howard make his teammates better… I think you meant k love makes players around him better… howard can do 3 things. Block shots,. Only can score with back to the basket and he plays D.. love can do everything but his defense needs a lot of work.

  8. antistratfordian - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:15 AM

    Why is this guy comparing Dwight Howard to Roy Hibbert? Hibbert is slow footed, has no hops, even more inept offensively and just plain boring. Kevin Love is also a poor match for the all-star game. Offensive rebounds are only super exciting in the playoffs.

    Dwight is fine for the all-star game – he can run the floor and finish lobs.

    • kb2408 - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:47 AM

      “Kevin Love is also a poor match for the all-star game”? Love is a great match for any type of basketball game on any level. The dude balls out! An argument for Demarcus C could be made for him making it instead of D12. If head to head match ups counted, Demarcus actually would make it over D12.

      • antistratfordian - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:06 PM

        “Love is a great match for any type of basketball game on any level.”

        Ha. Did you miss the olympics? He chucks threes and grabs offensive rebounds… and if he can’t chuck threes because Curry or Durant or whoever is doing all the chucking then he’s just down there rebounding. Love All-Star excitement level from 0-10 is at max about a 3.

        I agree about Cousins. I’m just saying that, if you’re looking for real All-Star excitement, D12 would better fit the style of the other All-Stars more than Love (remember Howard was a dunk champion, eh?). Hibbert and Love don’t match that as well – or at all.

      • kb2408 - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        @anti…that in a nutshell is why I haven’t watched the NBA All-Star game in years. A 7ft dude “should” be able to dunk a basketball. I want to see “skilled” players, even if it is an exhibition. Love has more skill than D12 will ever have. As to your point about the Olympics, maybe I’m wrong but I thought Love played very well.

  9. thundercocck - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:22 AM

    The All-Star voting system is, with out a doubt, a broken system. You can tell b/c Jeremy Lin was almost a starter last year, and an average Kobe who played 6 games this year actually starting this year.

    Fan voting should only count as 25%, with the other 75% being split between other players, coaches, and GMs.

    • alec311 - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:02 AM

      If it’s 25%, then pretty much the fan votes are useless.

  10. ravenswhat - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    What’s the beef here? Love is better than Howard.

  11. thekingdave - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Oh get your panties out of a was Pollakoff. D12 left your Lakers. We get it.

  12. bluburt - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    I wonder if Morey thought the process was flawed when Yao Ming was voted in as a starter in 2011? I guess playing in 5 games warrants a selection…

  13. Professor Fate - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    When you’re a rich owner your rose-colored glasses come from Tiffany’s.

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