PLAYERS, MEDIA MAY HAVE SAY IN ALL-STAR STARTERS
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.