PLAY­ERS, ME­DIA MAY HAVE SAY IN ALL-STAR STARTERS

The Denver Post - - SPORTS -

A change to how NBA Al­lS­tar Game starters are se­lected could be on the hori­zon. Ac­cord­ing to an ESPN re­port Mon­day, the voices of me­dia and play­ers would be heard.

The plan would be to re­duce fan in­flu­ence from 100 per­cent to 50 per­cent of the vote. Play­ers and a me­dia panel would each get 25 per­cent of the vote. The goal is to pre­vent bal­lot stuff­ing, which might re­sult in un­de­serv­ing play­ers get­ting into the start­ing lineup.

Fans would still re­tain the ma­jor­ity per­cent­age of the vote.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “I’ve seen a lot of All-Star Games where a guy might get voted in as a starter that re­ally may not have … shouldn’t be on the team.

“There are dif­fer­ent ex­am­ples. I won’t get into where and when, but I think the play­ers should have a voice. It’s a player’s league. Giv­ing them a voice would be great. Giv­ing the me­dia a voice would be great.

“And then the fans still have in­put — 50 per­cent fans, they’re still ac­tively in­volved in the process and it’s heav­ily weighed in fa­vor of the fans.

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