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[NBA.com] McGrady's popularity complicates West All-Star choices

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by EbolaScola, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. EbolaScola

    EbolaScola Member

    Mar 17, 2008
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    Posted Dec 28 2009 9:56AM

    The Rockets told Tracy McGrady on Saturday morning he would not play over the weekend and encouraged a separation by giving him permission to leave the team while awaiting a decision on what happens next -- which will most likely occur Tuesday when the team returns home and at least temporarily addresses the Houston problem.

    Still to be resolved is the brewing conference-wide predicament in All-Star voting. The player with just six games and 46 total minutes on his 2009-10 log is in contention to finish in the top two in voting for the West backcourt for the Feb. 14 All-Star game, which would put him in the starting lineup. This would be great for the large block of fans who obviously want him in Dallas (especially fans in China, who in their zeal to support injured Rockets center Yao Ming, have adopted the Rockets as the de facto national team), but it would eliminate one spot for a deserving honoree. Making the West roster is tough enough as it is -- Deron Williams has yet to make the showcase game once.

    McGrady trailed only Kobe Bryant in balloting when the initial set of returns were announced and was third behind Bryant and Steve Nash when the latest update came Thursday -- though just 4,874 votes behind Nash. By comparison, fourth-place Chris Paul was 19,722 behind T-Mac. A surge in the next release and McGrady is back in position for a starting job.

    Maybe he delicately declines, expressing the proper level of appreciation so it doesn't look like he is snubbing the fans while nobly, and rightly, saying the invitation should go to someone who has -- you know -- played. Maybe he gets hurt again. Maybe he stays out of the top two and the discussion is moot. Or maybe it's none of the above. McGrady gets voted in, McGrady shows and someone has to pay. (The East could face a similar situation if Allen Iverson joins Dwyane Wade in the backcourt.)

    Bryant is the leading vote-getter, in both conferences, with a cushion of 834,319 votes over second-place Nash. Paul is likewise an automatic. Nash, too.

    Based on recent All-Star history, that leaves two additional openings for guards -- or one opening if McGrady starts. The potential elbow room is Suns power forward Amar'e Stoudemire staying on the current path and winning the fan vote at center, creating an opportunity for West coaches to use a forward spot that would have gone to Stoudemire for an extra man in the backcourt.

    Williams, at 19.9 points and 10 assists for the Jazz, should not miss again. Then again, he missed last season en route to 19.4 and 10.7, respectively, though being sidelined 13 games by a sprained ankle in October and November hurt his candidacy. And he missed the game the season before, finishing with 18.8 points, 10.5 assists and 50.7 shooting that year.

    Deron Williams: arguably the second-best point guard in the league behind Paul, second-team All-NBA in 2008, Olympian in 2008, Team USA in 2010 if he wants it ... and zero-time All-Star.

    Denver's Chauncey Billups, shooting 39.2 percent to go with 17.1 points and 5.7 assists, shouldn't make it again. But he didn't have sparkling numbers -- 18.8 points, 6.5 assists -- when he was named to the 2009 game and was bound for 41.8 shooting. Coaches love to reward leadership, and it's not out of line for the Nuggets to have two representatives as a possible division leader, with Carmelo Anthony headed toward a worthy starting role.

    Brandon Roy is at 22.8 points, 5.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds as the stabilizing factor in Portland, which could have the second- or third-best record in the West despite all those injuries. Try overlooking all that.

    Jason Kidd could be in the top five in the league in assists and will get attention, especially if the Mavericks continue their positive direction. The Monta Ellis bid will be halted by Golden State's poor record. Tyreke Evans may get votes, but any real push probably ends there with the Kings at 13-16 -- great for them but a hit to any candidacy. Besides, the coaches who will vote on the All-Star reserves know he will make the rookie game that is played the day before, an out they know still allows Evans recognition for an impactful first half.

    That's a lot of uncertainty about who joins Bryant, Paul and Nash, pretty typical for this kind of conversation. McGrady's popularity adds to it.

    Unless T-Mac is given permission to stay away from the All-Star team, too.

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    McGrady certainly doesn't deserve to be an All-Star this year, but isn't the whole voting thing one giant popularity contest anyway? There are lots of deserving players who don't make it because they're on a scrub team or play in a small market, so they don't get the attention they deserve.
  2. jevon3012

    jevon3012 Member

    Jun 27, 2008
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    I hope he gets in because then we can finally change this r****ded fan only All Star voting system. The system should be like a combination of the BCS and the current system. 33% computer formula, 33% coaches, 33% fans.
  3. Steve_Francis_rules

    Dec 11, 1999
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    I love how everyone seems to think it's this huge injustice that T-Mac is among the leading vote getters from the West and that it must be the fault of the Chinese voters.

    How come no one is talking about the fact that Iverson is second among guards in the East? He's played a total of eight games so far this year and he's already quit on one team because he wasn't happy with his role.
  4. T-macsterful1

    T-macsterful1 Member

    Dec 4, 2008
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    i swear i thought i remembered t-mac turned down the all-star spot already. Just another writer milking the t-mac name to get a couple hits from all his fans....
  5. thaGREATwall

    thaGREATwall Member

    Feb 18, 2009
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    I actually think this is great for the Rockets. What an awesome selling piece for Morey in a trade! This just proves that even though his play is declining and the guy has been just about the most selfish player in the league, he still is popular amongst the fans. So what does that mean for a struggling small market NBA team? More fans coming to the stadium to watch McGrady play. They can soak it up for the rest of the season and then save a ton of money next season with the expiring contract or use the money to go after a FA.

    Someone needs to send this to Morey.
  6. Rockets Jones

    Rockets Jones Member

    Apr 27, 2008
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    All-Star games and even the term is the most ridiculous thing outside of cheerleaders in the NBA and it's still shocking to me people like it. I never have and never will like it, even if the whole Rockets team made it. It was boring when Olajuwon was in it, when Thorpe was in it and it is boring with Yao in it and even Brooks / Landry in it. The whole thing is indeed a joke and only made to keep the consumer society alive. This way people see their favorite self-centered player, buy the new BS jersey, go to the city where the weekend is held etc etc.

    If Tracy makes it this year, please BOYCOT the hell out of this horrific event.
  7. amaru

    amaru Member

    Jun 25, 2009
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    The ASG is a joke anyway........nobody w/ half a brain takes that crap seriously.
  8. TheRealist137

    TheRealist137 Member

    Jan 27, 2009
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    All-Star Voting Week 3: T-Mac where he belongs, a starter!


    If T-Mac gets voted in, he should play because Adelman won't let him suit up. ;)
  9. 11Rox4Life3

    11Rox4Life3 Member

    Dec 23, 2009
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    Ugh, I thought once he was passed up by Nash, he'd be done as being talked about as a "potential," starter in the Game. He's already said he wouldn't play anyway.
  10. matac3

    matac3 Member

    Oct 7, 2008
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    i bet he plays...... come on nash pass him up[
  11. SwoLy-D

    SwoLy-D Contributing Member

    Jul 20, 2001
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    That's not even fair. Tracy McGrady hasn't even played half of the season. Who are the people voting for him, blind people? Aaron Brooks should be at least on the bench in the All-Star game. :eek:

    I just saw the Toronto Game video Clutch posted a while back. :( I am so wrong. Thanks for the memories, Tracy. AdiĆ³s, muchacho! ( name that sitcom character :eek:)
  12. ClutchCity3

    ClutchCity3 Member

    Mar 17, 2008
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    Who give a f about T-Slack? He is not playing ASG anyway.
  13. GlenRice

    GlenRice Member

    Apr 16, 2009
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    Tracy Mcgrady gets in the allstar game and Rick Adelman becomes the coach the coach. THAT WOULD BE AWSOME
  14. RocketsPimp

    RocketsPimp Contributing Member

    Feb 15, 1999
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    Let's all vote him out by giving our votes to someone else.
  15. t-mac_#3_SG

    t-mac_#3_SG Member

    Nov 13, 2009
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    YES!! That's right, I wanna see T-Mac getting voted as a starter and deciding to play. Just to piss off the
    haters. He should play, can't he see the people want to see him play? (mostly chinese people but
    whatever, there are people voting for him outside of china too, like myself.)
  16. t_mac1

    t_mac1 Contributing Member

    Jan 10, 2008
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    stern will rig it when the final votes are counted. don't worry, tracy will not start. this has happened the last 2 years.
  17. RocketMania1991

    Feb 17, 2009
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    He's not starting.....he already said he wasn't going to the All-Star game no matter what.

  18. wikiwiki

    wikiwiki Member

    Dec 14, 2009
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    Vote for TRACCCCYY!!!

    He can't give up his spot, because he'll get fined for one ga- oh, wait.........
  19. asmith8266

    asmith8266 Member

    Jul 14, 2007
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    I hope he plays the first 7-8 minutes of the first quarter and sits out the rest of the game.
  20. scottie brooks

    Nov 9, 2009
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    Trace doesn't want to play because he knows he's not ready just like adleman and dm knew. Don't you think he would be happy to start if he was 100% even though his coach would only play him 8 mins a game. I guess there's a lot of people that want to see him play so he should do it. Just hope he doesn't stuff himself on the rim

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