February 10, 2012
All-star reserves spark debate
By MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency
The unveiling of the NBA all-star reserves is guaranteed to spark debate no matter the year and 2012 is no different.
Was Atlanta’s Josh Smith overlooked? Did New Jersey’s Deron Williams deserve to be on the team?
There is never going to be a vote that will satisfy 100% of the people, at least not an all-star vote.
Raptors head coach Dwane Casey filled out his ballot and looking at the results released Thursday night was really only surprised by a few.
One was a guy he is extremely familiar with in Dirk Nowitzki.
“I was happy for Dirk but I was also surprised because of his slow start,” Casey said.
The other one that caught Casey’s attention was the omission of Atlanta forward Josh Smith. Casey felt he deserved to be in Orlando for the game.
But for every Josh Smith that didn’t make it there was a Paul Pierce, a guy who has known all-star snubs in the past, who did make the grade.
Nowitzki went public before the reserves were announced and stated he didn’t think he deserved a bid, but that didn’t sway the voters.
But now that the votes have been counted the next step in the process begins and this one could get a little messy.
In a season where rest has been extremely tough to come by, the belief is that many in the league including some of those already slated to play in the all-star game will make an effort to extricate themselves from the proceedings.
What will be interesting to watch is how insistent the league becomes in making sure anyone trying to opt out has a legitimate excuse.
The all-star game will be played Feb. 26 in Orlando.