Wednesday , Oct , 24 , 2012 Matt Formica

NBA removes center from All-Star ballot; Nets Knicks tix are $800??

The NBA announced Wednesday that they are eliminating the center position from the All-Star lineup.  And in other news, Nets opening game tickets are $800 on average.

Hoopsvibe’s quick call:  The times, they are a changin’ in the National Basketball Association.

David Aldridge published an article on earlier today and started it off by saying, "The NBA is finally doing something about the Duncan Dilemma."  But what does Aldridge mean exactly?

Aldridge is referring to the NBA taking steps to get rid of a problem that arises every year at All-Star time.  As the NBA has become more guard-oriented, defining the center position for the All-Star game has gotten increasingly difficult, as there are less of a pool of All-Star quality big men to choose from.  Aldridge calls it the "Duncan Dilemma" because for the past 13 seasons that the Spurs’ Tim Duncan has been chosen as an All-Star, he has been listed as a power forward when in reality, he plays the center position in San Antonio.  With Duncan listed as a PF for the All-Star game, it always costs another PF a spot on the team.

So the NBA said today that it will change the All-Star ballot to "allow fans to vote for three undefined "frontcourt" players instead of having to vote for two forwards and a center."  VP of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson commented, "It makes sense.  Having a center is the only specific position that was singled out on the ballot.  It just seemed a little outdated and didn’t represent the way our game has evolved.  By the same token, it also affords the same opportunity, if you have two good centers in a given year, pick ’em both.  They both can be selected. Which is impossible right now."

The NBA will debut the new All-Star ballot on November 13th and the 2013 game with the new "frontcourt" selections will happen at the new and improved Toyota Center in Houston.

"Duncan Dilemma" solved.

But what do you Hoopsvibers think?  Are you fans of the new frontcourt format?

And on a crazier note, to move away from the All-Star ballot for a minute, I have to bring something to everyone’s attention.  For those of you that haven’t read this yet, reported that tickets to just get in the door at Barclays Center for the Brooklyn Nets home opener against their cross-town rival New York Knicks are going for $800 a pop on StubHub and other ticket sites.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!! 

I fully understand the commercial appeal of the Brooklyn Nets as the hip new team in town with their rap mogul owner, Jay-Z.  To charge on average $800 for a regular seat in the first game of the season (which may be historical but is otherwise virtually meaningless in the long run) is absolutely ridiculous and in my opinion, wrong.

Yardbarker reports:  "The $800.87 average game-day price is already up 18.59 percent from $675.31 on Oct. 1, and it’s six times higher than what an average Nets ticket runs at face value, $132.  The Nets-Knicks game is running as high as $8100 for courtside seats normally priced for $1,500, and the cheapest seats were selling for $217."

Loyal fans should be allowed to see a game for less than that.  Bottom line.  Do we all need to start making Jay-Z money to attend basketball games?  Whatever happened to taking care of the fans that helped get the team to Brooklyn in the first place?

And let’s not even talk to the fact that no matter how many celebrities may be in attendance on this inflated opening night, we’re still talking about the Knicks and the Nets here.

I’m sure the game will sell-out due to corporate ticket sales but If Brooklyn’s organization doesn’t get over itself, they could lose a crucial part of the fan base at these home game "thrillers."

What do you think, Hoopsvibers?  Is $800 a pop fair?  Leave your comments below!


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