Ray Allen, Memhet Okur to Replace Nash, Iverson in All-Star Game
NBA Commissioner David Stern has chosen the replacements for this Sunday's All-Star game in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ray Allen (Sonics) and Memhet Okur (Jazz) were selected to replace Steve Nash and Allen Iverson in the annual free-for-all game.
Ray Allen is an obvious choice, as I've suggested he'd get picked several times (see previous posts). He's been the lone brightspot on a terrible Supersonics team.
Memhet Okur is a bit of a surprise, but he is still deserving. While I thought Stern might pick Zach Randolph or the Jazz's Deron Williams, he ended up going a different route w/ the Okur pick. Utah has the 3rd best record in the league and w/ Carlos Boozer already out of the All-Star game, the Jazz were looking like they'd have no players representing them in the game. Stern made it clear that a team's record does have an impact on who goes to the game and who stays home.
What do you think?
Should the NBA All-Star Game feature the league's most exciting players (fan vote) OR should it feature the best players on the best teams (coach's vote)? Or should it be a mixture of both like it is now?
(Send me your comments and I'll post the responses)
David Stern also named Steve Nash's replacement in the Skills Competition - Chris Paul (Hornets) will replace Nash and go against Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Kobe Bryant. Wade won this competition in 2006, while Nash took home the honors in 2005. The Skills Competition is looking like a must-watch - the Slam Dunk contest looks like it's going to be a yawner.