Phil Jackson Speaks Out Against All-Star Voting
Phil Jackson doesn’t like the All-Star voting process any more than we do. Also, Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire have learned to use the system to their advantage instead of letting it victimize them.
I promise I’ll step off of my All-Star voting soapbox soon. Besides, paper ballot voting ends in about a week and electronic voting ends on the 18th, so there are only so many things that can be said between then and now. In fact, I won’t even give my opinion on the subject. I will take the opportunity to point out that, for probably the first and last time ever, Phil Jackson and I share a basketball opinion:
"I think Houston might have all their players in the top five at every position. That Chinese fan group, they vote for the Houston team because of Yao Ming and their relationship to Houston. It’s all skewed.
"Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady… they haven’t even played this year. Allen’s played a few games so it’s kind of askew to suggest that the voting is something to count on."
Jackson’s opinions were elicited by Pau Gasol’s fourth-place position in the NBA’s latest All-Star numbers. Iverson and McGrady, who aren’t actually directly competing with Gasol but illustrate his point, are still starting guards in the East and West, respectively.
While Jackson feels that All-Star votes should be awarded according to on-court performance, Steve Nash realizes that the battle is won off the court. As such, he has put together an online video to further endear himself to the fans and hopefully earn a starting guard spot out West:
Nash follows in the footsteps of Suns teammate Amare Stoudemire, who got some professional help for his campaign.