All-Star Starters Announced Tonight

Posted by Rob Mahoney on January 22, 2009 under xOther | 4 Comments to Read

The moment we’ve all been waiting for, in which Dirk Nowitzki is denied yet another shot to start in February’s All-Star Game.  For the longest time it was Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett, but now the story has completely changed: the last known poll results placed Dirk at 5th behind Duncan, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Ron Artest.  Yikes.  I’ve got no qualms with Duncan making the game (other than the fact that, y’know, the Spurs are the antithesis of all that is good in the world), and Anthony has had a stellar season for a good Nuggets team.  But seeing Dirk trailing Stoudemire’s self-promoted voting campaign that oozed arrogance while missing out on the charm of the similar campaign a year ago by Chris Bosh…it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  Artest plays for the Rockets, so that’s that.

(Addendum: Word is that Stoudemire’s got it.  Oh, but nevermind the fact that he’s been relaxing and putting his feet up on D and somehow actually looks disinterested on offense.  Besides those things, he’s been awesome.)

But at least two prominent voices in the internet basketball world gave Dirk his due; J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas of The Basketball Jones both chose Dirk for one of the two starting forward positions, and Skeets even selected Jason Terry as a reserve.  Respect.

The moral of the story is: don’t hold your breath for tonight’s announcement.  I’m not saying Dirk doesn’t deserve it (hell, I’d pick him), but ze German hardly wins any popularity contests.

  • http://- 1st

    If i think about it for 10 seconds, i feel like it doesn’t even matter anymore since the Mavs went to the Finals.
    Sure, it’s nice to be recognized and have an all-star on your team, but the ASG is a NBA-promoting event showcasing it’s stars. If you’ve never been there, it’s great to get to, but it gets old really quick.

    And Dirk’s stlye doesn’t really fit in there, too.
    Fadawayjumpers vs Slamdunks.
    He said he’d prefer rest, but the coaches give him no quarter either. ^^

    Additionally:
    Reasons for fans not to vote Dirk
    - German = Nazi
    - unathletic (compared to others)
    - 7ft.
    - no Rings.

    For the Announcements, i’m glad that CP3 edged out Tmac.
    But AmarE? Just ask any Suns-fan. Yikes.

  • David

    It`s kind of ironic, that Stoudemire gets his first All-Star-Game-Start in his most dissapointing (except from injuries) Season so far.

  • David

    BTW: Look at John Hollingers Starting Lineup for the All-Star-Game:

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?columnist=hollinger_john&page=PERDiem-090122

  • http://www.thetwomangame.com Rob Mahoney

    1st: I know it doesn’t necessarily validate Dirk or his career in any meaningful way, but I still wish the best for the big guy, and sometimes that means getting the recognition he deserves.

    David: Good call on Hollinger. Didn’t see that.