The reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced on Thursday, and in Phoenix, where the Rockets were in town to face the Suns, the results were of particular interest.
Both teams had players who were deserving on some level in Steve Nash and Kyle Lowry, but while Nash was selected, Lowry missed the cut.
Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said the fact that his team was sitting just four games above .500 with a record of 15-11 likely had something to do with it.
“I thought Kyle had a really good chance,” McHale said. “It’s too bad, I was hoping they would (select him). I just think for us, for the guys on this team, for them to get recognized as an All-Star and get picked, your record’s going to have to reflect a team that says ‘Hey, they merit an All-Star.’ I think if your record doesn’t reflect that, I don’t care what you’ve done, it’s just hard to get on that team.”
It seems like a good concept … until you look around at some of the other players who were selected.
Deron Williams plays for the 8-19 Nets, Marc Gasol’s Grizzlies are just a .500 team, and Nash’s selection came despite the Suns’ record of 11-14.
When this was pointed out to McHale — regarding Nash, specifically — he thought about it for a beat, then caved almost immediately.
“There goes that theory,” he said.
Kobe Bryant reflected, told stories and showed his emotions.
For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.
DeAndre Jordan‘s free-throw problems – 38.7% this season, 41.5% for his career – are mental.
You can’t watch this trip to the line and convince me otherwise.
Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
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The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.