Friday , Jan , 04 , 2013 Paul Eide

Kobe Has More Votes Than LeBron, Charles Barkley Hates Fan Voting

The early returns from all-star balloting are in and “Sir Charles” is not pleased.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Fan voting may not be flawless but what is a better solution?


It’s pretty hard to argue with Chuck on this point, based on his logic and the examples he uses.

“I don’t think the fans should ever vote is because they just vote for their favorite players,’’ said Barkley. “I’m a big Kevin Garnett fan. But there’s no way in the world he should be starting the All-Star game right now. And the same way with Dwight Howard. Those fans who have penciled those two guys in (to) start… that’s a travesty to be honest. I like Dwight Howard but he ain’t played like no All-Star this year and Kevin Garnett (the same).’’

Today, the NBA released the total votes counted thus far for both the Eastern and Western conferences. The top two vote getters are Kobe (1,177,456) and LeBron (1,151,304).

Am I the only one who is surprised that Kobe can still win the popular vote against LeBron? After winning his first title, winning a gold medal and having another year elapse for all of us fans forget about “The Decision”, I would’ve thought LeBron would be stealing more of Mamba’s thunder. Beyond Kobe and LeBron in first and second, Kevin Durant is in third and Carmelo Anthony has the fourth most votes.

But to Barkley’s point, both Kevin Garnett and Dwight Howard would start for their respective conferences if the game was held today. Garnett could be eclipsed by Chris Bosh (who deserves it) as he is just about 28,000 votes behind. Tim Duncan has less than half (352,534) of Howard’s 716,671 votes and is the next closest challenger. After him, Pau Gasol is next with 239,440, so Howard pretty much has it locked up.

It may not be a perfect system, but are the fans really that far off on this one? Garnett yes, but Howard?

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