Bring Your Sunscreen, Fellas

Posted by Rob Mahoney on January 29, 2009 under News | 3 Comments to Read

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In a completely anticlimactic moment of TNT’s NBA coverage (remember, they “know drama,”), Dirk Nowitzki was announced as one of the Western Conference All-Star reserves.  Awesome.  As usual, congrats to Dirk, who can practically pencil the weekend into his schedule at the beginning of the season.  Still, it’s an accomplishment nonetheless.

Also, Devin Harris was named an Eastern Conference reserve.   Big ups to Devin and what he’s been able to do this season.  Though, I do tend to agree with Eddie Sefko that Harris had no chance of making the squad as a Mav.  While Harris is immensely talented and on some nights flat-out unguardable, the New Jersey offense functions with Devin Harris at its solar center.  The other bodies, Carter, Lopez, et al., are merely orbiting Harris and his rising star.  For a team with little peripheral talent, it works.  With Dallas, the offense would still be in Dirk’s hands, with Devin as a third or maybe even fourth fiddle.

It’s not an issue of development, just a difference in philosophy.  But again: mad props to Devin, who unquestionably deserves all the success he’s been able to achieve so far in Jersey.

See the other All-Star selections here.

  • http://- 1st

    i’m already tired of this ” harris had no chance to become all-star as a mav” talk. they even talked about it with him on tnt last night! as if you would have to make the kidd-harris deal look less bad.
    why can’t they just move on?

    btw, david west? good call coaches, good call.

  • Rob Mahoney

    As long as Harris is in the league (and probably after that, too), it’s going to be an issue. Part of it is trying to explain the Maverick perspective, and part of it is probably sour grapes/figuring out a way to sleep at night.

    Still, that doesn’t make it any less true.

    David West…ugh, don’t even get me started.

  • http://- 1st

    well, at least it overshadowed the nash-walkaway quite a bit….until the next blunder :)