LaMarcus Aldridge recently made some waves when he suggested that it was perhaps unfair that the Warriors got four all-stars while San Antonio only got one, given that the Spurs are only a few games back in the standings. His comments were not exactly met with a chorus of “hell yeahs” from the blogosphere, as most of us thought he was just whining, and does LaMarcus really deserve an all-star spot this year anyway?
That said, I’ve got some gripes of my own. Call me a hypocrite if you will, that’s fine, but I think at least four Mavs were snubbed by the all-star voters.
Yes four. At least. Come at me.
Let’s start with the obvious one: Yogi “Don’t Call Me Kevin” Ferrell. I don’t care that he has only played 10 games. That’s irrelevant when you’re the best point guard in the NBA. How are you going to keep this guy out of the All-Star Game??
Don’t believe me? Let’s talk stats. Yogi is starting, playing 33 minutes per game, and averaging 14 points, 4.7 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals per game. He’s shooting 46 percent from long range. You can’t tell me that Steph Curry and James Harden are putting up numbers like that. This is a clear case of bias against small and/or young guys.
And what about old guy bias? I’m talking, of course, about Dirk Nowitzki. You know, the 17th greatest NBA player of all time. I know Dirk appreciates his time off, but this is a travesty. Everyone remembers this, right?
The Big German knows how to put on a show. He gets the crowd going. But these kids they’ve got in the All-Star Game can’t handle all his swag. Y’all had Kobe in this game when he was 45 and on a bad leg. Dirk’s still in the prime of his career. Talk about disrespect.
Dirk isn’t the only franchise star for Dallas who should be recognized. Harrison Barnes is good enough to represent the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, but not the NBA Western Conference? Are you crazy? Kevin Durant may have replaced Harry B on the Warriors, but it’s definitely not irrational in any way to believe that Barnes should replace Durant on the all-star roster.
But who’s coaching the West? STEVE KERR, that’s who. Talk about nepotism. The only reason Barnes isn’t on the roster is because he moved on to greener pastures. You know what, never mind, Harrison Barnes is too good for Kerr’s silly all-star team anyway.
The only Dallas Maverick who will actually be present in New Orleans (other than owner and future POTUS Mark Cuban) is Wesley Matthews. We all know Wes is going to dominate the three-point contest, but he should be dominating the rest of the weekend, too. I’m talking skills challenge. I’m talking dunk contest. But most of all I’m talking the all-star game itself.
I get it, they don’t want Wes in the game because of the NBA’s widely known hatred for bow-and-arrow motions. Also, if he’s in that game, they might as well just hand him the MVP trophy. Tell me where I’m wrong. Coming back from an Achilles rupture to win the NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy would be too inspiring a story for the fans to handle. I understand why the NBA would want to avoid all that cheering and tears of joy and inspiration.
Oh wait, no, I don’t understand it. All of that would be awesome. Just like Wes is awesome. Just one more giant snub. It’s almost like there’s a systemic bias against the Dallas Mavericks. I know that Dallas has a sub-.500 record, but that’s no reason to penalize the many superstar players on the Mavericks’ roster.
Look I’m sure that Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan are fine players or whatever. Well, maybe not DeAndre. But they can’t hold a candle to Yogi and the boys. I know it. You know it. And the NBA knows it.
Whatever. Each and every Maverick is an all-star of my heart. Our guys are just gonna have to prove the world wrong by winning another NBA championship this year.
And no, I’m not joking. Like, at all.