January 23, 2009

2008-09 All-Star Starters Announced! Why AI?

Every year, the All-Star starters are announced and we spend a solid 3-4 days arguing whether or not so-and-so should have made the roster or should be starting over this guy or that guy.  Frankly, it gets pretty damn annoying.  I’ll try to spare you a ton of ranting this year, as I actually think these rosters are pretty accurate except for one glaring guard out east.  You guessed it, Allen “My Hair is 20 Years Out-dated” Iverson.

Seriously someone explain it to me.  The guy’s numbers have taken a huge dip over the last couple of years while his teams all seem to struggle finding a rhythm with him in the lineup.  And don’t give me some excuse about him becoming more of a team player now because all of his stats are down significantly including assists and rebounds.

Is it the nickname thing?  That whole “AI” or “Answer” shtick still doing it for people?  I know the nickname thing has sure been working for Tracy McGrady lately seeing as he almost got voted in for the second year in a row while being injured. 

Is it that awful hair?  Even Carmelo Anthony realized how ridiculous it had become.

Is it reputation?  Seems odd.  This is the same guy that came into Detroit preaching about fitting in and practicing.  And then the next day missed practice without even a phone call.

Is it the shoes?  Hasn’t Reebok been out of the loop for a good 4-5 years now?  The guy doesn’t even have commercials anymore.

Maybe there was no other guard to vote in?  That would only be true if you throw out Devin Harris, Joe Johnson, Vince Carter, Ben Gordon, and Ray Allen who are all having better years than Iverson.

Someone please explain to me, why NBA fans continue to vote this guy in.

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Anonymous 1/23/09, 11:01 AM  

I think his spot should have went to Ray Allen, but I'll take seeing Iverson as a starter over McGrady.

Anonymous 1/23/09, 11:17 AM  

The conspiracy talk now is that David Stern gave the spot to Chris Paul over McGrady since there is almost no possible way he made up 150,000 votes in the last week to get in.

+1 David Stern.

Anonymous 1/23/09, 11:56 AM  

If that turns out to be true, I'll spend the next few moments after finding out being "not surprised," and "not complaining."

Anonymous 1/23/09, 12:49 PM  

David Stern will likely deny it as smugly and elitist as possible.

The Quest for the Ring 1/29/09, 5:00 PM  

Well, it's simple: those who like Iverson are a much bigger group than those who hate him. Your post is dripping with hate and scarce on facts.

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