Ray Allen doesn’t mind fans voting for the NBA All-Star teams, he just doesn’t want them to have full authority. He proposed giving the fans 50% of the power, with the players and the media getting the other 50%. While I understand his logic, especially when Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady shouldn’t even make the teams but will likely be starting based on the ballot boxes, his plan has three major flaws.
- The game is for the fans, so the fans should get to decide who they want to see. If the game was for and about the players, they would play it like a real game. But they don’t, it’s an exhibition of offense, so it doesn’t make sense to annoy the fans by taking back their power. Haven’t sports organizations done enough to anger the fans?
- The players probably wouldn’t get it right anyway. Players and coaches have a say in other sports’ all-star selections and there are always snubs and complaints. Some players don’t pay attention to their own teammates let alone their opponents. This seems like a bad idea.
- The media doesn’t need another pulpit. There are too many writers with their own agendas to begin with. This would just give them one more opportunity to help out players they like and stick it to players they don’t like. Please don’t try to tell me this wouldn’t happen, because it would. Just read the sports stories on a daily basis and you’ll figure out who are the “good” guys and who are the “bad” guys, even if the scribes really don’t have a clue.
THERE IT IS!