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Allen takes issue with fans' voting role

Celtics guard Ray Allen thinks it's time to limit fans' influence in All-Star voting, with Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady, despite having little to no impact this season, both headed into the final hours of voting in position to start.
Unwanted by their teams, Iverson and McGrady are still adored by their fans, who still consider them stars even though their stats say otherwise.
The Memphis Grizzlies quickly parted ways with Iverson. The Houston Rockets are trying to trade McGrady.
Maybe the players can swap stories of their rocky roads while covering each other at the All-Star Game.
"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.
The nine-time All-Star said the fan voting has made the game "watered down" and called for a change in the process.
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."
The NBA likes things the way they are.
"We look at it as a great way to engage the fans," NBA spokesman Brian McIntyre said. "We think it's a good system."
The NBA went to fan voting for the starters in the mid-70s, and this season made it even more available to its fans by allowing them to vote by text messaging. Allen"That's taking away from another player in the Western Conference that's having a great year, that's been playing, that deserves to be in there.
” -- Celtics guard Ray Allen
McGrady has a good chance of being passed, as his lead over Steve Nash for the second guard spot in the Western Conference was only 2,375 votes when the most recent update was released Jan. 7.
McGrady hasn't been able to strengthen his case since then, since he'd already been granted a leave from the Rockets while they try to find a trade.
He has played sparingly in only six games this season since coming back from knee surgery, and Allen thinks commissioner David Stern should consider a rule mandating that a player appear in a minimum number of games to be eligible.
"Tracy, if he played, I'm sure he'd play well enough to be an All-Star player, because he's done that his career," Allen said. "But again, that's taking away from another player in the Western Conference that's having a great year, that's been playing, that deserves to be in there."
Iverson had a better shot of holding on to his No. 2 spot in the East, leading Vince Carter by more than 185,000 votes. He's listed with West players on the paper ballot after starting the season in Memphis, but his votes count in the East since he signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.
He hasn't played at an All-Star level this season, but fans may be looking at what he's done in the past.
"A lot of times voting reflects career achievement as well as yearly achievements," McIntyre said.
Allen also mentioned getting the coaches, who pick the reserves, involved in selecting the starters. Even that may not guarantee the most deserving 10 players, since coaches could have their own opinions about who belongs in the All-Star Game.
During Shaquille O'Neal's unproductive, injury-plagued final season in Miami in 2008, former Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said he planned to vote him as a reserve anyway, recalling that when he played respected older players such as Julius Erving still made All-Star teams late in their careers.

My question is should the fans own the rights to vote for there players or should the media and coaches also have
an impact on who gets the votes and start the allstar games ????
 

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i agree with ray.....the only reason she-mac gets in every year is because the fans in china who love yao ming vote for she-mac also.....these all star appearances mean something to a players resume at the end of their dareers...especially if they're eligible for the hall of fame. I always vote for who deserves it the most.
 

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i agree with ray.....the only reason she-mac gets in every year is because the fans in china who love yao ming vote for she-mac also.....these all star appearances mean something to a players resume at the end of their dareers...especially if they're eligible for the hall of fame. I always vote for who deserves it the most.


So true , i think the media shouldn't play any role but let the fans have 25%
coaches 25% players 25% and the other 25% to the league !
it gives a more balance voting
 

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