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Report: Players, media to join fans in picking All-Star starters

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Update: Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

Player and media votes will not be disclosed, and about 75 media members will vote.

From the league office to ownership to current players to former players – there has been relentless objection to fans voting for NBA All-Starters, a method used for more than 40 years.

Somebody finally decided to acquiesce the complainers.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

The NBA is introducing significant changes to its All-Star balloting procedures that will give players and members of the basketball media a say alongside fans in voting for All-Star starters, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN.com that fans will continue to account for 50 percent of the vote total for All-Star starters, with players and a panel of media members accounting for 25 percent each.

Players and selected media members will be eligible to complete one full ballot each, sources say, with players indeed able to vote for teammates or themselves if they wish.

Questions:

Why make such drastic changes for selecting participants in an exhibition game? All-NBA should be treated as more important anyway.

What player wouldn’t vote exclusively for his teammates? That’d just open the door for bickering, especially once some players publicizing their all-teammate ballots pressures others to do the same. This opens the door for so much petty bickering in locker rooms.

Which media members will vote? How many of them are uncomfortable playing yet another role in determining players’ financial incentives?

Will voting be transparent? Even if not ballot-by-ballot among players and media, that group’s collective choice?

Grizzlies’ James Ennis fouls out then hits half-court shot (video)

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Against the Pacers last night, James Ennis missed all three of his 3-point attempts… that counted. And he makes this one after fouling out?

Mike Conley more than picked up the slack to lead the Grizzlies to victory.

Pelicans’ Dante Cunningham jumps on scorer’s table, Anthony Davis jumps on him (video)

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The Pelicans are effectively out of the playoff race, but Dante Cunningham and Anthony Davis are still competing — even if it looks a little silly.

That tone and a big game from DeMarcus Cousins (29 points, 16 rebounds, six assists) led to a 121-118 win over the Mavericks.

Goran Dragic puts alley-oop pass through rim (video)

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Goran Dragic is very good at alley-oops.

Too good.

With a “shot” like that falling, the Heat trounced the Knicks, 105-88.

Hawks’ Tim Hardaway Jr. kneed in the groin while defending 76ers (video)

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Since trading for him, the Hawks have gotten Tim Hardaway Jr. to buy in defensively.

After this help defense on 76ers center Richaun Holmes cost him dearly, I wouldn’t blame Hardaway if he gave up on the endeavor entirely.