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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?

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