Ray Allen, as well as probably a lot of NBA players, is looking for a change in the all star voting. He likes the fact that fans get the chance to be involved in the vote and think it is good for the game, however he doesn’t think it is right for players who have barely played to be the top vote getters. Via NBA Yahoo Sports:
“I like the fact that the fans get the opportunity to vote and pick who they’d like to see in the All-Star game, but I don’t think it should be 100 percent,” Allen said this week.
Allen said fans should have 50 percent of the vote, with the other 50 percent being divided evenly between the media and the players. He said players know who is playing the best, and believes with his idea, “you’d look at five guys starting the All-Star team regardless of hype or highlight.”
However, clearly the league doesn’t like the idea. Why would they?
We look at it as a great way to engage the fans,” NBA spokesman Brian McIntyre said. “We think it’s a good system.”
Obviously it is a good system because it allows for big names to play in the game and that will draw ratings. Money… Money…. Money… What is fairness anymore? I like to watch the all star game and I think it is a good thing for the league because it is byfar the most intriguing All Star game to watch of any of the 3 major sports. I just don’t think it is right for players that don’t play and are off in the corner whining get the top vote to start the game, while others who are out playing night in night out for their team will either be coming off the bench or not even involved. Great idea Ray- Poor idea to keep the system NBA.