If It's Broke, Fix It: All-Star Voting


LOS ANGELES – Although it may be hard to argue with a system that voted in Derrick Rose, there is no secret the NBA All-Star voting system is more broken then Yao Ming’s foot.

Speak of the devil, Yao Ming was voted as an NBA All-Star starter. Despite having a broken foot, er I mean a ‘stress fracture’.

The system is geared exclusively towards fan voting where the fans pick the starters and the bench is picked by coaches. This has always been an issue but it has officially hit it’s overly exaggerated “jumping the shark” moment with the whole Yao Ming situation. The bottom line when it comes to voting is: if you’re not on SportsCenter at least 50 times, you will not get anywhere near enough All-Star votes.

Yao Ming is the popular scape goat for the voting atrocity, but examples are frequent and plentiful (and mainly confined to the Western Conference) . Take, for example, Carmelo Anthony; a player who is a good player but hasn’t done much for his team. Then there is the Minneaota Timberwolve’s Kevin Love who does way more for that team than anyone thought possible. I mean the gy has a had a double-double in every single game since the dawn of the phonograph. But because he plays for Minnesota and there for gets no Love ( oh come on, that’s a double pun and you didn’t think of it), and therefore will be lucky if he gets a spot on the bench. And from the looks of it, Pao Gasol, Dirk Nowitzi and Tim Duncanor even Blake Griffen will get in before Love.

And the mess at center where even rookie Demarcus Cousins is more deserving than Ming will be the true story leading into the All-Star Game. He will be replaced and I don’t want it to take away from the actual game, but it shouldn’t be something that is brushed under the rug and forgotten about. It’s a defective system that is leaking onto the cream of the crop and poisoning the meaning of the All-Star Game: You need to be performing at an All-Star level. Aka: an actual All-Star.

But hey, at least D-Rose got in. Thank goodness for the Eastern Conference.