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.