The All-Star rosters were named Tuesday. Here they are in their entirety:
C Dikembe Mutombo, Philadelphia 76ers
F Antoine Walker, Boston Celtics
F Michael Jordan, Washington Wizards
G Vince Carter, Toronto Raptors
G Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
C Alonzo Mourning, Miami Heat
F Jermaine O'Neal, Indiana Pacers
F Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Atlanta Hawks
G Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics
G Ray Allen, Milwaukee Bucks
G Jason Kidd, New Jersey Nets
G Tracy McGrady, Orlando Magic
C Shaquille O'Neal, L.A. Lakers
F Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
F Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
G Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers
G Steve Francis, Houston Rockets
F Chris Webber, Sacramento Kings
F Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
F Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
F Wally Sczerbiak, Minnesota Timberwolves
F Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento Kings
G Steve Nash, Dallas Mavericks
G Gary Payton, Seattle SuperSonics
“You have the look of a man who accepts what he sees because he is expecting to wake up. Ironically, this is not far from the truth.”
Well like I said in the other All Star Game post I argee with most of this. My only complaints are that Jason Kidd should start over Iverson. Andre Miller should be on there before Alonzo Mourning and Elton Brand should possibly be on there over Karl Malone.
You know that the casual NBA fans would never vote last year's MVP, Iverson, over Kidd.
I really can't complain about too many of the starters, simply because it's all a popularity contest, anyway. The reserves, on the other hands, I have bitching rights for.
Elton Brand should be on the West team-- but not over Karl Malone. Malone's averages this year are just a little bit lower than his career averages, I think. I'd put Brand in instead of Wally Sczerbiak.
Andre Miller should be on the East team, once again I agree. But if he were put in instead of Mourning, the East would be left without a true backup center (although Jermaine O'Neal could fill that role admirably).
Let's not forget about Baron Davis, point guard for the Hornets.
And I'm biased, but I would've loved to see Jamaal Tinsley, our rookie point guard, make the All-Star team.
The thing is, though, point guard is definitely the deepest position in the league. One can name quite a few very, very good point guards off the top of one's head. Can you do that for centers? I doubt it.
“I didn't say it would be easy, Neo. I just said it would be the truth.”
That's an interesting suggestion, it still wouldn't work out perfectly though because an East team could rack up wins playing against other East teams than West teams, so they could end up with more wins than a team in the West who is a lot better.